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OUR regular readers are well-acquainted with Allan Blackburn, who has been a stalwart volunteer writer for this newspaper for many years. He is also the man who baffles your brains with the monthly Trivia Quiz! Allan recently celebrated his 70th birthday in style with a tandem skydive over Caloundra. It was a surprise organised by wife June and made extra special by two sons accompanying him on the jump. Allan said he was just a little scared but thoroughly enjoyed it and is almost ready to book in for his eightieth!

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WHAT kind of year will 2012 be? From a Feng Shui standpoint 2012, the year of the Yang Water Dragon, brings many possibilities for good fortune. Most people know that water covers 2/3 of our planet & comprises 95% of our bodies; we simply cannot live without it. In Chinese element theory, water produces wood, which signifies growth and is the natural element of the dragon. Associated with thunder, lightning and arousal, the Water Dragon personifies creativity at its best. Water Dragons occur every 60 years, so we have had Yang Water Dragons in 1952, 1892, 1832, etc. In 2012 the Yang Water Dragon Year started on January 23 and ends on February 9, 2013. The incoming year of the dragon will be “full of energy” and the spirit of the dragon will make everything seem “larger than life”, say Chinese astrologists. The year, they warn cryptically, will be an over-ambitious and daring one but also bring good fortune and happiness. Successes and failures will be magnified. Disasters and fortunes will occur on a larger magnitude with many surprises and violent acts of nature. Dragon years are traditionally filled with pageantry, festivals and

elaborate celebrations. These years hold potential extravagance, grandiose ambitions and futuristic enterprises which soar to the forefront with drama. The essence of Dragon years is ‘ unpredictability’, and the average Dragon year can be exhausting, bringing both spectacular victories and some memorable defeats. For Chinese New Year celebrations, it is customary for Chinese families to have living blooms in the

house, which symbolise rebirth and new growth. The Chinese believe that without flowers, there would be no formation of any fruits, which, in turn, would negatively impact a family’s fortune. Therefore, it’s critical to incorporate flowers into their Chinese New Year decorations. The most prominent colours of the Chinese New Year are red and gold, red symbolising happiness and gold for wealth.

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SENIORS NEWS National Service Nominal Roll THE Nominal Roll was first created in 1999 as a fund raiser for the 50th year of national service Reunion in 2001. At a cost of $5.00, eligible members submitted their names and details for their names to be entered on to the roll. This was a great success. In 2002 the then President, Mr. Colin Bell, asked me what I wanted to do with the Roll as it stood. As it appeared to be very popular with the majority of the Members, I suggested we continue it as a roll for all Australian National Servicemen.Somewhere in 2005 I changed the format of the Roll so that there was more information about all personal records, service details and medals. This change enabled me to design a ‘Certificate of Service” printed on good quality gloss paper suitable for framing. The Certificate proved to be very popular with Members and to date I have printed and posted in excess of 2000 to Members all over Australia. If you are aware of any relatives of deceased ‘Nashos’ who would like to forward the details of their service

records to me I will enter their names on the Roll free of charge. This is a service I have undertaken for the past six years. Any National servicemen still living, who are not already on the Roll, will need to download an ‘Application Form’ from, complete and forward it to me, I will place their names on the Roll at a cost of $5.00. Go to and open the Home Page. If you type in a name or service number (eg Garlin or 4382NS) and click ‘search’ it will bring up the service records for Garlin. If you click on the name Garlin again it will then display the complete history of my service. On the same page, under the name, there are three more contacts you are able to view. The first is ‘email the editor’; the second if you ‘click here’ will display the application form; the third line, if you click on the red ‘here’ will display the ‘Certificate of Service. by Alex Garlin


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THE moves, magic, music and mastery of Sunshine Coast seniors will light-up centre stage next month when over 55s showcase their eclectic array of talents as the Senior Superstar competition kicks off for 2012. Heats will be held at the Maroochy RSL on Saturday 4 February and the Nambour RSL on Saturday 18 February before the grand final event in Caloundra on 3 March. All Sunshine Coast seniors over 55 with a desire to show off any performing talent on stage are invited to participate and everyone is invited to attend the free three events as the series plays off. For the first time ever, the Sunshine Coast’s reigning 2012 Senior Superstar will compete against winners from Brisbane, Moreton, Redlands, Ipswich and Logan in a glittering South East Queensland Grand Final at Queensland Performing Arts Complex (QPAC) in Brisbane on 3 November. Event Director Pauline Bell said the Senior Superstar competition had helped to unearth a wealth of talent including singers, dancers, poets, musicians, yodellers, comedians and even contortionists. “Senior Superstar has been running since 2005 in Brisbane and 2006 on the Sunshine Coast but was

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SENIORS NEWS We have a winner in our grandchildren photo competition! IN our November and December issues of all three of our newspapers, we ran a special Spoil Your Grandchildren feature. Photographs of your grandchildren came flooding in and our judges were hard pressed to pick a winner. The decision was finally made to award the $100 shopping voucher to proud grandmother Ruth Reilly from Stafford. Congratulations Ruth – we know you will enjoy spending your voucher with one of our advertisers. Ruth Reilly’s grandchildren - Josh (9½), Caitlin (8), Imogen (Twin 6) and Alexandra (Twin 6)

SCLA hosts open forum for writers THE Sunshine Coast Literary Association (SCLA) is kick starting the New Year, hosting its first Front Write Up performance night for 2012. The night will be held on Tuesday, 7 February at the new location, Mulvaney’s on Maroochy, 37 The Esplanade Cotton Tree from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. President of the SCLA, Bryan Ward said the Front Write Up evenings provide an opportunity for literary enthusiasts to share their work with likeminded individuals. “The Front Write Ups are a casual get-together and follow an open-mic style. “We encourage people to bring their short stories, poems and extracts of

their work to read to the group, and seek feedback if they wish,” Bryan said. All community members are welcome to come and network, listen or perform. If you have something you would like to share with the group, please bring it along. However, there is a 500-word limit for short stories and prose. “Our Front Write Up Evenings are held the first Tuesday of every month, so there is plenty of opportunity to share your work if you are unable to attend the evening in February,” Bryan said. The evening is free for members and $2 for nonmembers, payable on the night. The SCLA requests all guests to RSVP due to catering purposes. Coffee and light meals are available for purchase; alcohol is BYO. The Sunshine Coast Literary Association is a not-for-profit as-

sociation dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and celebrating literary talent throughout the Sunshine Coast region. Formed in 2005, the SCLA was created to provide a pathway for the Sunshine Coast’s aspiring writers and enthusiasts to explore their interests, develop skills, exchange ideas and seek advice from like-minded individuals. The association offers regular literary workshops, seminars and events, an annual writing competition, and monthly Front Write Up literary performance evenings that provide an opportunity to showcase the talents of its members. To RSVP for the February Front Write Up, please email or phone 07 5450 2690 or for more information visit the SCLA website,

Trivia with Allan Blackburn 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

An iguanodon was a type of what? Who sang “How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man”? What is a carrick bend? What is: seven plus twelve minus nine? Christopher Penfold made a name producing what? How many lines in a limerick? What is a community of ants called? Which Australian building became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007? Steve Hooker is associated with which sport? What do Victorians colloquially call a 4 wheel drive that does not go off the bitumen? In which Australian state or territory is Barrow Creek? What does an anemometer measure? Which occupation is referred to as a “chippie”? Phobos and Deimos are moons of which planet? Which organisation has the motto Citius, Altius, Fortius? Which class of painting do flowers and fruit fall into? Did Matthew Flinders sail clockwise or anticlockwise around Australia? What is the capital of Sicily? What is a male whale called? A dairy cow that is coloured black and white is probably what breed? Answers on page 12


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THE Probus Club of Nambour held its Christmas function at “Cleos on Rosemount”. The function centre was beautifully set up for the occasion and the great weather on the day made for a very enjoyable luncheon. Fran Lawrence made the Christmas cake for the occasion. Fran has been making our Christmas and Changeover function cakes for

many years and as a small token of the club’s appreciation Fran was presented with a bouquet by President Chris Dent. The Club’s next outing will be to the Tramway Museum at Ferny Grove on the 20th February. At present thirty five have confirmed they will take part in the club’s six day trip to Yeppoon in April. There are still a few vacancies available.

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OUR Traditional Christmas Luncheon was held at the Currimundi Hotel on 16th December. The photo is of our Choir entertaining members with Christmas Carols during the luncheon attended by both Jarrod Bleijie- Member for Kawana, and Mark and Judy McArdle - Member for Caloundra . Choir members

are from our Committee consisting of left to right Keith Boustead former President, Frank Rowell Treasurer, Diane Rowell Tour Director, Stella Clark Hostess, Jan Murphy Asst Tour Director, Fran Sutton Vice President and Keith Sweeney, President. Foreground is Secretary Elaine Bryant.

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SENIORS NEWS Dancing their way to happiness

Mike & Rita James with Peter Wellington MP

FIFTY golden years of happiness were celebrated by popular Woombye couple Mike and Rita James recently with more than 100 friends at the Woombye Hall. Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington congratulated the couple on their anniversary and presented them with a Community Service Award in recognition of their dedication to the Sunshine Coast community over many years. Peter said the couple’s management of the Sunshine Coast Dancers had seen over $300,000.00 donated to community projects in the past 10 years. “Mike and Rita are a couple who have donated a

major part of their lives to helping others,” he said. “They have spent thousands of hours planning programs, maintaining sound equipment organising raffle prizes and donations for dances which are held two or three times a week,’ he said. “This has provided much needed funds to organisations such as Legacy, WILVOS, Cittamani Hospice, STEMMS Support program at Burnside High the SKIN BANK and many others. “Another important beneficiary of the dances are the 100s of local dancers who have fun and enjoy healthy social interaction. On behalf of the community I say a sincere thank you to Rita and Mike.”

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MESSY Church is a coming together of families and friends, old and new, where a range of craft activities are available and worship is for all ages. The Bible story and theme for February is Creation and the craft activities relate to this story. A beautiful mural showing the story will be completed and hung on a wall in the Church and admired by all until it is replaced at the next Messy Church gathering. After the craft, Bible stories and music, everyone is bound to have worked up an appetite so we provide a beautiful home cooked meal.

Messy Church is held on the first Sunday in each month and starts at 4pm to 6pm. For more information about this fun service you can call the church office on 5443 2133 on mornings, or you can just come along on Sunday 5th February at 4pm to St Peter’s Anglican Church, Cnr. Church Street and Beach Road, Maroochydore. If you can’t make it then, why not mark the next Messy Church in your diary. It will be on Sunday the 4th March also at 4 pm. Donations towards meals are most welcome.

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IT’S time to take a holiday from haircuts and start growing some long locks for the Leukaemia Foundation’s biggest annual fundraising event World’s Greatest Shave to be held 15 – 17 March 2012. The Foundation is seeking the long haired, the dreadlocked and the unshaven to sign up now at to commit to losing their locks for the leukaemia cause. The 2012 World’s Greatest Shave aims to raise $4 million towards medical research and vital support services for blood cancer patients and their families. It’s easy and fun to take

part and you can nominate to shave, colour or wax. There’s plenty of advice at on how to start planning your individual, workplace or club shave event. Schools are invited to involve their whole community by holding a Crazy Hair Day where kids and teachers colour their hair or wear ‘crazy’ hairstyles in return for a donation. Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland acting Chief Executive Officer, Keiran Mylrea said World’s Greatest Shave 2012 was more important than ever as the Foundation continues its investment in critical medical research and extends its accommodation facili-

ties to cater for increasing demand. “The Leukaemia Foundation will have more home-away-from-home style apartments available to patients in Townsville and Brisbane from mid 2012, reducing the need to place patients undergoing intensive medical treatment in motel rooms; a situation that is far from ideal,� Mr Mylrea said. “Support and care of patients is our number one priority and this can only be achieved with the generosity of individuals, businesses and community organizations contributing to

fundraising events like World’s Greatest Shave.� The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation and receives no on-going government funding. Free practical care and emotional support is available to patients and their families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. The Foundation also funds medical research into cures and improved treatments for leukaemia and related blood disorders. BE BRAVE AND SHAVE! 1800 500 088.

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RECENT headlines that ‘a daily dose of aspirin may do more harm than good’ have been described by one of Australia’s foremost experts on the drug as crude, sensational and likely to cause undue concern among Australians. The authors of a recent UK study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, have been widely reported around the world, warning that guidelines in the US and

Britain on using the drug should be revised, “after they found the risk of internal bleeding outweighed potential benefits”. One such article, published in UK newspaper The Telegraph, reports that “experts had [previously] called for everyone over the age of 45 to consider taking a daily dose of aspirin because it can reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke and prevent some cancers”. While it is not clear how many ostensibly healthy middle aged and older Australians have received or follow such advice, hoping to prevent heart attacks and strokes, guidelines in this country do not recommend aspirin for everyone over a particular age. According to Professor Mark Nelson, a senior professorial research fellow of the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Research Institute, that hasn’t been suggested by Australian health practitioners since the 1980s. “Nobody has said that at age 55, everyone should be taking aspirin or anything,” Prof Nelson said, adding that people could easily self-prescribe it because no prescription was needed. “Everyone’s actually been saying you should do it on a risk-versus-benefit basis. It’s best to work out the absolute risk of heart attack or stroke versus the likelihood of having internal bleeding. “I don’t think that aspirin is widely used in Australia for primary prevention. There might have been enthusiasts in the 70s and 80s, but certainly I don’t think your average GP recommends [all] people over a certain age take it for primary prevention.” Professor Nelson has been studying the effects of the drug for a number of years through the ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) study, and said the UK project was a reanalysis of the combined results of previous studies that looked mainly at middle aged people. The aim of the ASPREE study, he said, was to weigh up the risks and benefits of taking aspirin preventively, specifically for older people, who were at higher risk of heart attacks and strokes. “The reason we’re doing our study on the aged is that most often, the stud-

ies are done with middle aged people and then the pills are given to the elderly, so this meta-analysis supports that reason for doing [ASPREE] in the first place. This just agrees with what we already know. “If you look at the potential benefits of aspirin, they are much greater in the elderly – the risk goes up for heart attack and stroke as you get older. Especially for strokes; the risk of stroke goes up exponentially.” Aspirin is useful in preventing the 85 per cent of strokes that involve blood clotting, according to Professor Nelson, but exacerbates the bleeding associated with the other 15 per cent of strokes, and any internal bleeding from other causes. He added that the ASPREE study also hoped to confirm evidence that the so-called ‘wonder drug’ could help prevent or delay the onset of cognitive decline, dementia and some kinds of cancer. “We don’t think aspirin is curative [of dementia] but it may well be that it slows the onset of the disease, and perhaps delays it for a couple of years. “Dementia is a common thing that puts people into nursing homes so if you could keep someone home for a few years, then that would be a fantastic public health outcome. “There’s a paucity of studies of the elderly and they need to be done because the balance of benefit versus harm is unknown. There are a lot of reasons why the elderly shouldn’t just be looked upon as middle aged individuals who are older, much like we wouldn’t assume medication used in children is the same as when used in adults.” Professor Nelson also disagreed with a widely reported statement that the UK results were “at odds with so much existing medical opinion”, made by the Aspirin Foundation, which is funded by pharmaceutical companies including Bayer, the original manufacturer of the drug. The ASPREE study still needs more volunteers over the age of 70 to participate, and can be reached on 1800 728 745 or by emailing C o u r t e s y : w w w. a u s t r a l i a n a g e

SENIORS NEWS Australia/NBN to further boost Telehealth takeup

A NEW $20.6 million telehealth program utilising the National Broadband Network (NBN) will provide new and innovative in-home telehealth services to older Australians, people living with cancer and those requiring palliative care. The NBN Telehealth Pilot Program is to deliver services to patients in NBN rollout areas and provide feedback on how this program and other health care measures can be delivered nationwide.

The existing telehealth program is already proving popular with Australian patients and doctors, making it easier for people to receive care and advice via videoconferencing when and where they need it. Six months after the Government introduced Medicare rebates for telehealth consultations, uptake has grown steadily with more than 7,000 services provided by over 1,200 clinicians around Australia, mostly to rural and remote areas. Telehealth is a cost

effective, real-time and convenient alternative to the more traditional face-to-face way of providing medical care and advice. It removes many of the barriers, such as distance, time and cost, which prevent patients from accessing timely and appropriate healthcare services. Over time, the NBN will provide an enhanced nationwide platform that allows homes, doctor surgeries, pharmacies, clinics, aged-care facilities and allied health professionals to connect to affordable,

reliable, high-speed and high-capacity broadband. Older Australians, who are much more likely to require care and support from a wider range of health professionals stand to gain the most from the boost to telehealth services. Senator Conroy said he expected successful pilots will commence providing services from 1 July under the NBN Telehealth Pilot Program. “Telehealth will transform health care delivery in Australia. This trial will make a real difference to the lives of

patients with high health care needs living in NBN early rollout areas, particularly those in regional, rural, remote and outer metropolitan areas,” he said. Draft program guidelines for the telehealth pilot program have been released for consultation. The guidelines can be accessed at main/publishing.nsf/ Content/ehealthnbntelehealth-pilots. Final guidelines will be released when applications open in February/ March 2012.


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KAWANA Waters View Club hold their monthly luncheon meetings, with a Guest Speaker, at Headland Golf Club, Buderim and a monthly social get-together at a variety of destinations around the Sunshine Coast. Non members and visitors are always welcome to attend any of our functions. Our first get together for February is a social gathering. We are having a trivia and games morning to be held on Wednesday 8th February, at 10.00 am at Unit 1101 M1 / 1 Duporth Avenue, Maroochydore. Gold coin donation and a small plate to share for morning tea. Please phone Barbara on 5479 6950 for more details. Our next luncheon meeting is on Wednesday, 22nd February at Headland Golf Club, Golf Links Road, Buderim at 11am for 11.30 am start. Our guest speaker for this month is Jim Legester. Jim will talk on the generation before the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baby Boomersâ&#x20AC;?. If you enjoy good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere please join us. A warm

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THE Caloundra Family History Research group held its first general meeting for the year on Thursday the 19th January at 1.30pm and the Guest

Speaker was our very own member, Paul Seto. Paul told the group about his book ‘The Sinking of the Pearl’. This factual account of the capsize of

the SS ‘Pearl’ on Thursday 13th February 1896, while being used as a passenger ferry on the flooded Brisbane River. The consequence was the tragic loss of about 29 lives, within ten minutes, near Victoria Bridge, resulting in bodies being washed up from the South Bank Dry Dock, all the way to Bribie Island. Paul has researched this one event for the past year and has found some amazing stories of lives cruelly cut short, as well as nearly 60 people saved, either through good luck or good lifesaving skills. This event was, and still is, Brisbane’s worst disaster in terms of loss of life from a single incident. Members found the story most interesting, because Paul came to research this disaster through a connection which arose while researching his own family history. Interesting guest speak-

ers have also been secured for the remainder of the year, with February featuring the history of the pioneering Tytherleigh family. A number of trips for members are planned, as well as a seminar later in the year, with an International presenter. 2012 will be an eventful year for the group. Interest Group members were keen to hear of the exciting finds made during the holiday break, and forthcoming meetings for these groups at the Guide Hut are... Germany - Thursday 2nd February 1pm; Scotland - Saturday 4 th February 10am; Ireland Thursday 16 th February 11am; England & Wales Thursday 23 rd February 1pm The group’s rooms and library at the Guide Hut are open for research every Saturday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. On the third Thursday of the month research is available from

9.30am to Noon, followed by the general meeting which is held from 1.30pm to 4pm. Every other Thursday of the month the rooms are open for

the full day, from 9.30am to 4.00pm. Further information on meetings, specialist groups and research details can be obtained from June on 5493

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THE Senate has launched the most broad ranging inquiry ever into the entire Australian palliative care system. CEO of Palliative Care Australia, Dr Yvonne Luxford, welcomed the inquiry, which she believes is “long overdue”. “One of the most important aspects of the inquiry is the issue of access to palliative care,” Dr Luxford said. The broad scope of inquiry means the committee will also examine and make recommendations on the system’s ability to serve the needs of those in rural and regional areas; Indigenous people; individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; people with disabilities, and children and

adolescents. “I am happy with the scope of the terms of reference,” she said. “Sometimes broad terms of reference can be problematic but there are just so many aspects around the provision of palliative care which need to be addressed that it’s great to have such broad terms of reference. “The Productivity Commission, for its Caring for Older Australians inquiry, had really broad terms of reference and it came up with a fantastic report. So we expect the Senate to do the same. “I would expect the outcome of the Senate inquiry to fairly mirror the claims of the Productivity Commission, which states that palliative care is the core business of aged

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Sunshine Coast Ladies Probus Club MEMBERS and visitors are invited to our first meeting for the year to be held on Friday, 3rd February. Meetings are held in the Headland Bowls Club, Syd Lingard Drive, Buderim at 9.30 for 10.00 am. At this meeting our Guest Speaker will be Podiatrist Ainslee Davies, who will advise on foot care and speak on the history and fashion changes in shoes. Further details available from Pat on 5445 6329.

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SENIORS NEWS Tap-Katz exciting new show LAURIE White’s TAP-KATZ had another fantastic year entertaining seniors at nursing homes, retirement villages and senior citizens’ functions with their bright tap-dancing shows. But look out Sunshine Coast – the KATZ have been working hard on new routines and now have a brand-new show for 2012. With new dances, and some old favourites, and some stunning new costumes, they will literally “knock your socks off”! Over the past twelve years the TAP-KATZ have always been willing to dance without asking for a donation but, unfortunately, this year they will have to request a small donation of at least $25 to help cover some of their expenses. Already they have a lot of bookings for the year, so please don’t leave it too late to ring Laurie on 5477 7647, or Betty on 5493 1565 to make sure you don’t miss out.

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Dignity and Self Esteem Restored AS we get older some of the things that we take for granted when we are young become more difficult. Take walking for example, if you have difficulty walking there are many aids to help you. But what is available if you have difficulty cleaning yourself after you go to the toilet. It could be a bad back or shoulder, a hip replacement or any numbers of ailments that make this simple task impossibility for some. For the last 8 years, The BIDET SHOP® has supplied thousands of senior citizens throughout Australia and New Zealand with a range of marvellous HYUNDAI and COWAY machines that take care of that. An example is the COWAY BA13 toilet seat Bidet, which was voted the “Best Bidet in the World” by the RedDot design award, in both 2009 and 2010. It enjoys the benefits of COWAY’s technologically advanced design and safety

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PETRIE Park Crafts Assoc. in Nambour have started doing their different Crafts. If you wish to learn any crafts we start at 9am each day. Contact Marlaine for Monday’s Needle crafts on 5441 6852, Barbara for Wednesday Art on 5441 2998 and Heather for Pottery on 5446 8217.

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IF you become seriously ill or unconscious or are no longer able to make decisions, you may be unable to communicate your healthcare decisions. An advance health directive allows you to plan what medical treatment or health care you would like in the event that you cannot make decisions for yourself. An advance health directive also enables you to appoint an attorney for health matters if you wish. The best time to make an advance health directive is now, before any urgent health condition arises. However, it is particularly important to make one if you are about to be admitted to hospital, your medical condition is likely to affect your ability to make decisions or you have a chronic medical condition that could result in serious complications. Your doctor is the best person to talk to because they know your medical background and can explain any terms you do not understand. Your GP also needs to complete some details on the required form. You can download an advance directive form at or ask your doctor. When the form is completed and witnessed, keep the original in a safe place and give a copy to your doctor, your solicitor (if you have appointed one) and a family member or friend. It is a good idea to carry a card stating that you have made an advance health directive, where it can be found, and contact details of your personal solicitor or a family member or friend.

Announcing the winner of our latest book give-away! ON offer in our last edition of this newspaper was a free copy of Laurie Dicker’s ‘Dust, Dags, Drongos & Flies’, a collection of skilfully crafted short stories set in the outback of the 1930s to 1950s. These tall tales are true blue Aussie and we feel sure that our winner Lorraine Porter, from Caloundra will thoroughly enjoy her free copy. Well done, Lorraine on being the first name drawn from the barrel in this popular give-away! More information about Laurie Dicker and his publications can be found at

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2012 Committee l to r: Clare Allen, Joy Joyce, Pauline Clarke, Marie Rau, Lydia Ockhuisen, Elizabeth Neely, Yvonne Robinson, Heather Burton, Elaine Riches and Ann McKenna.

A DAY At The Beach: Glasshouse Country VIEW Club held its annual general meeting on Wednesday 18th January at the Glasshouse Sports Club. The proceedings were overseen by View Club national councillor Ann McKenna who thanked the outgoing committee for all their hard work over the year and welcomed in the new committee. The 2012 committee members are shown in the attached photograph. The next VIEW Club function, at 9.30am on Wednesday 1st February, will be a trip to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve followed by a bring and share lunch. The next club meeting, where a speaker will be talking on premature babies, will be in the Glasshouse Sports Club at 11.00 for 11.30am on Wednesday 15th Febru-

ary. Our club is a non-profit friendship club that supports the Smith Family chiefly through the Foundation’s Learning for Life programme for disadvantaged students. The Smith Family is a national, independent children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves. Anyone who would like to join the VIEW Club would be most welcome. Please contact Joy on 5439 9049 or Lydia on 5438 7894 who will be pleased to supply any further information about the club. You can check out the VIEW Club on their website

QUEENSLANDERS enjoy good climate and lifestyle but coastal areas are subject to cyclones that pose real threats to property and life. Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Regional Director for South East Queensland Eddie Bennet said cyclones were most prevalent between November and April and could produce winds in excess of 200km/hour and damaging storm surges. He continued, “While emergency services are ready to help, it is extremely important that people plan ahead to ensure they stay safe before, during and after a cyclone. “Always put together an emergency plan in advance which should address whether or not you will leave or stay in the event of a cyclone. “Plan where you will go and how to get there, have your vehicle fully fuelled, have an evacuation kit packed, make arrangements for your pets and make sure you have enough cash to cover essentials.” Mr Bennet went on to say that when gales or stronger winds associated with a cyclone were expected to affect coastal communities within 48 hours, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) would issue a series of Tropical Cyclone Watch advices. These advices are upgraded to Tropical Cyclone Warnings when the cyclone is likely to affect coastal communities within 24 hours.

“The most destructive and dangerous hazard associated with tropical cylones is the local rise in sea level, known as storm surge. This can cause inundation and flooding of low-lying coastal areas which is particulaly devastating when combined with a high tide. If you live in a low-lying tropical or sub-tropical area you could be at risk from storm tide inundation. “It is vital to know your home’s storm surge zone. Your local council will have this information available,” Mr Bennet said. “If you live in a storm surge evacuation area, you should arrange a safer place for your evacuation as part of your plans. If you don’t live in a storm tide evacuation area, sheltering in the strongest part of the home is often the best option.” Mr Bennet stressed the importance of staying indoors until you had received official advice the cyclone had passed. “Some people mistakenly venture outdoors during the eye of a cyclone, believing that the cyclone has passed. Keep a portable radio tuned into your local radio station and wait until you’re advised the cyclone has passed.” EMQ has prepared a checklist for use in the event a Cyclone Warning is issued. Please see

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SENIORS NEWS Coolum Croquet Club Final Results COOLUM Association Croquet Division 1 Championship. For the first time ever, Coolum Croquet Club was able to

hold a Division 1 championship due to Patricia Smith playing up two divisions. However, her brave attempt was to

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DID you make a New Year’s resolution to make more use of that computer that has been sitting virtually unused because you do not know how to use it properly? Did you receive a new computer or digital camera for Christmas that are a mystery to you? That is where the Sunshine Coast Computer Club can help. Meetings are held weekly

at Caloundra on Saturdays and Buderim on Thursdays, and for the North Coast the Club holds monthly meetings at Yandina on the third Wednesday of each month (excluding Dec). Sunshine Coast Computer Club welcomes visitors to come to a meeting to see just what happens at these meetings to see if what is on offer will help them if they become members of the Club. At Club meetings, members are able to get hands on help on Club computers. Some members prefer to bring their own laptop computers to the venues and receive the help on their own computers. There is a wide range of help available at meetings

from volunteer helpers, some of whom have good general computer skills and others who have interests in specialised subjects. Tutorials conducted at meetings are educational and informative using a large screen data projector and feature training and tutorials, demonstrations on the latest computer technology, software, and tips and tricks. The Club has a number of members who are unable to attend meetings regularly but rely on help they can get from the Club on Club Help Telephone Lines, the Club’s forum area on the internet, from Weekly Information Bulletins and the Monthly magazine published by the Club. Meetings provide tea and

coffee for informal chat time between members. For reasonable membership fees, members have multiple avenues for help and support when needed. It could be just what you need to help you make better use of your computer. Members are given e mail notice each week of the subjects of the tutorials being conducted that week. To find out more about when and where the Club meetings are held and how you too can join the Club and get help – Telephone the Club Information Line 5492 1005, visit the Club Web Site – http:// or e mail the Club at

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Left: Colin Harris (Club Champion Div 1 Association) and Patricia Smith (runner up)

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“To embrace a lifetime, we give you time” Drysdale Funerals was established in 1989 by Don and June Drysdale to provide a special level of care for the residents of the entire Sunshine Coast. We place the very highest priority on meeting the specific and personal wishes of those involved in arranging funeral services either immediately or in the future. They are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Ricochet and Association Croquet are played Saturday and Wednesday mornings, Golf Croquet is played Monday and Friday afternoons. Free lessons are available. The 2012 season has started and visitors are very welcome. For further information, please contact Adrian Prince on 5448 2985.

Croquet Division 4 Championship. A resurgence in interest in Association Croquet enabled Coolum Croquet Club to hold a Division 4 championship between recent recruits. This was the first such event for the first time for several years. After getting a hoop with her first shot of the match, Birte Spencer lead the final for the whole of regular time but, in his extra turn after the bell, Peter Sorensen overtook her to win by three hoops to take the winner’s badge. Our lawns are at Coolum off David Low Way north of Stumers Creek behind Seacove Resort / RSL.

Buderim VIEW Club will be holding its luncheon meeting on Wednesday 1st February 2012, at Clio’s on Rosemount, 246 Petrie Creek Road, Rosemount. Guest speaker at the luncheon will be Gus Guthrie – his topic “Caring Coastal Clowns Inc”. This is part of a group of happy volunteers who engage in therapeutic clowning with an emphasis on the relationship with the audience. Our Club welcomes visitors and new members who are looking for friendship with interesting people as well as a variation of activities. You are assured of a warm welcome so come along, have some fun and make new friends. VIEW clubs are a valued part of the Smith family – funds raised are to assist the “Learning for Life Program” for children of underprivileged families. VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women Members are placed on a permanent listing for our luncheons so to cancel, or bring a friend please telephone Jenny on 5493 2363, by 6 pm the Sunday before the luncheon.

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ALZHEIMER’S ‘Fight Dementia’ campaign was launched late last year, when the federal government announced it would cease specific dementia funding from 2013. Since then, the Department of Health and Ageing has collapsed all existing health funding streams into a new funding system – a health and aged care flexible funding pool – which means the organisation will need to compete with others for money. There are currently 267,000 Australians living with dementia and the number of people with dementia is set to increase by almost 50% over the next 10 years. By 2050 there will be almost one million Australians with dementia. Alzheimer’s Australia wants the Commonwealth to restore dementia as a National Health Priority, guarantee continual funding, and provide $500 million over five years to address key concerns and fight the disease. If you would like to support the fight you can sign up as a Dementia Champion, write to your Federal Member of Parliament and Senators for your state and share your story. Go to to sign up as a Champion. Alzheimer’s Australia offers support, information, education and counselling. Contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

SENIORS NEWS BUDERIM has a new art and craft gallery, “The Atrium at Buderim Craft Cottage”. The 45 year old Craft Cottage has long been one of Australia’s largest working spaces for artists and craftspeople. The opening of the Gallery will extend the opportunity for the 400 Cottage members to present and sell their work to the public, and will add another tourist attraction to the Sunshine Coast. While the Craft Cottage is located at Buderim, it draws its membership from all over the Sunshine Coast and hinterland. Started in the

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early 1960s by a group of local painters and potters, it continues to have a strong contingent of painters and potters, but it now also has members working across a broad spectrum of artisan craft specialties, including silversmithing, fabric art, sculpture, porcelain painting, needlecrafts, patchwork, calligraphy, and spinning and weaving. The Atrium Gallery is at Buderim Craft Cottage, 5 Main Street Buderim and is open daily Pictured at the launch are Zrinka Johnston, wearing a neck collar designed 10am to 4pm. Ph 07 5450 by one of the Cottage members, and Elizabeth Shirley, wearing a blouse 1714. www.buderim from hand-painted fabric, of her own design. Elizabeth, Immediate Past President of the Cottage, formally opened the new gallery at the launch

Relay for Life Noosa RELAY for Life has arrived in Noosa and will be held on March 24th & 25th 2012. Relay for Life is an 18 hour team relay-style walk that raises funds for Cancer Council Queensland. Relay for Life celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer and empowers the community to fight back against a disease that has taken too much. The Relay began in Australia in 1999, when the Victorian community of Murrumbeena raised over $75,000 for Cancer Council. Relay for Life is now run in every state and territory and raises over $14 million each year for the cancer fight. Relay for Life is not just about the amazing experience on the day. It’s also about the fun ways your team can raise money in the lead up to the event. Cancer Council is not government funded. They need your support to help to reduce the impact cancer has on our communities. You can register your team for Noosa 2012 at or call 07 5451 6000 for more information.

Over 9,000 new Aged Care places allocated - but there is more to be done

ON 22 December 2011, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, announced the results of the 2011 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR). Older Australians will gain 9,657 new aged care places, including 7,933 residential care places and 1,724 community care places, worth an estimated $368 million a year. In announcing the outcomes, Minister Butler noted that, of the more than 10,000 residential care places advertised across Australia, less than 8,000 have been allocated, reflecting the fact that many regions across the country were undersubscribed. “While the allocation of more than 9,600 new aged care places across Australia is very welcome, this is the fourth ACAR round in a row in which residential care places have been underallocated. This means that not enough beds are being built today for the increasing number of older Australians tomorrow,” Mr Butler said. “A number of regions across Australia were under-subscribed, and some regions received no applications for residential care places at all.” In contrast, every community care place offered through the 2011 ACAR has been allocated, with the Department of Health and Ageing receiving applications for more than 24,000 community care places in response to the 1,698 community care places advertised. “Applications for community care places far exceeded what was available, consistent with the preference of older Australians to remain living independently and in their own homes for as long possible,” Mr Butler said. “It is clear to me that there are continuing pressures on our aged care system and that they are only going to become more acute as Australia’s population continues to age. People aged 80 years and over currently make up around 4 per cent of the population, but this proportion is expected to increase to 8 per cent by 2051. “Structural reform is needed to deliver a sustainable aged care system for the future.” The Productivity Commission issued its Final Report, Caring for Older Australians, on 8 August 2011. The report includes proposals for extensive reform of Australia’s aged care system and presents an integrated reform package. Since August 2011, Minister Butler has been engaging in a conversation with older Australians, their families and carers at forums in all capital cities and major regional centres – giving the community the opportunity to contribute their views about care and support for Australians as they age.

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SENIORS NEWS Kawana Senior Citizens morning. Join this very Friendly Senior’s Club, who meet at the Kawana Community Hall, just behind the Kawana Shopping World in Nanyima St. Buddina, near the Kawana Library. Phone their new President, Mavis Farmer at 5493 3545, for any enquires, about this very active Senior’s Club of Kawana Waters.

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Club on the 9th December. Over 140 members and their guests enjoyed a good selection of dance music supplied by the Old Girls Band from Caboolture, as well as the Christmas raffle prizes including lucky door, lucky chair and lucky spot. This year the Seniors Tour Directors Eileen and Isabella, are planning already for a busy year. First bus trip is to the Redcliffe Dolphins Leagues Club on St. Valentine’s Day 14th February. Maroochy River Cruise, Noosa Everglades and maybe Australia Zoo may follow at a later date. The Gatton Seniors will

be visiting Kawana Seniors on 8th. March then a visit to the Caloundra Seniors Club on the 14th. March by the Kawana Seniors. Cost of being in this friendly Club is just $3.00 per morning & yearly subs of $5. Each morning you will receive a Lucky Door Ticket that could win you spins on their wheel or one of 2 fruit trays as well as a meat tray raffle. The Kawana Seniors, start at 9.30 am. on Thursday Mornings with musical entertainment and a delightful Morning Tea to follow. Games are then played throughout the

If you are lonely, come along and meet other local Seniors and join in the fun. Members come from all over the Sunshine Coast – Sippy Downs, Mountain Creek, Glenfields, M o o l o o l a b a , Maroochydore, Minyama, Buddina, Warana, Bokarina, Wurtulla & Currimundi.

Maroochydore Aglow

MAROOCHYDORE Aglow will hold its’ first meeting for the year on Wednesday, 8th February. This will take place at the Maroochy Baptist Centre, 186 Wises Road, Maroochydore at 9.30 am. Morning tea will be served and there will be an interesting speaker. Cost of entry is $7. Aglow is an international Christian women’s organisation that welcomes women from all denominations. It is in 172 nations and is a Network of Caring Women. You will be made most welcome. For further information phone Kath 5478 8034 or Jill 5448 4993.

Tewantin-Noosa Women’s Auxillary

The AGM of the Tewantin-Noosa Women’s Auxillary will be held on Friday 3rd February, 2012, in the Bill King Room, Tewantin-Noosa RSL, at 10am, followed by our normal meeting. Any member wishing to nominate for office, please Ph; Kay 5447-5042 Members & friends welcome. Bookings for Caloundra reunion will be taken.

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CALLISTA is a very sleek and beautiful Oriental x around two years of age. She came to us with three kittens that now have loving homes and we want the same for Callista. She is friendly with other cats and loves people, a truly delightful girl. We have many beautiful cats looking for homes so please consider a rescue cat, you save two lives, the one you have adopted and the one that takes its’ place in the shelter. If you want to meet Callie call Paula on 0421 386 295 or Julie on 0411 144 689 or view our web All 4 Paws Cats and Dogs are flea and worm free, microchipped, vaccinated and de-sexed which are all covered by an adoption fee.

Noosa U3A Trivia night

FOLLOWING the sell-out success of the last two events, Noosa U3A will hold another fun-filled Trivia night on Saturday 25 February. Everyone is welcomed to form a team of 4 - 6 or come on your own and meet new best friends! The larger venue for this event is Cooroy RSL. Tickets at just $20 each include a two course meal, served from 6pm with the Trivia starting at 7pm. There are cash prizes and raffles. Eileen Walder is compere again, to ensure the questions flow smoothly with All our needy animals can also be lots of humour and laughviewed on our website at ter. Bookings are You can help support 4 Paws Animal able from Noosa U3A, 64 Poinciana Ave, Tewantin Rescue by becoming a member! Members play a large part in support- phone 5440 5500 or Cooroy RSL, Maple ing the committee and this contributes to the success of 4 Paws Animal Street, Cooroy, phone 5447 6131. Rescue. As a member of 4 Paws Noosa U3A (University Animal Rescue you will receive our quarterly newsletter informing you of of the Third Age) proforthcoming events, merchandise and vides educational and background into what happens to our personal interest classes, cultural activities, fitness, cats and dogs once re-homed. You may even want to become a volunteer lectures and social interaction for those who or even a temporary foster carer and refuse to retire gracefully. look after one of our cats and dogs The 2012 program inuntil a new permanent home can be found, all vet fees are covered; all we cludes Art, Creative Writask is that you supply a loving caring ing, Book Lovers’ Club, Walking Groups, Armhome.

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With Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington Happy New Year to you all and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Jenny and I shared a quiet Christmas this year with family.

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Fishing It was around this time last year that I was arranging for a group of recreational fisherman to meet with the Minister, to discuss the proposed changes to Snapper fishing laws in Queensland. The subject of fishing is one that is close to the hearts of many on the Coast and it was recently put to me that we, as elected Members of Parliament, need to do more to protect our fish stocks for future generations to enjoy. Back when I was on Council, I donated my payment for sitting on the Caloundra and Maroochy Water Board to stocking our local dams. I am keen to continue to do what I can to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy this wonderful recreational pastime. One very keen fisherman suggested that the rules and regulations that we currently have in place are good enough, they just need to be enforced. He said that he thought the reason fisherman were not catching as many fish as they used to, was because some fisherman were taking fish that were too small and that the authorities should be policing this and not looking at ways to further restrict fishing areas. Put simply, he said that every fish should be allowed to grow big enough to breed and that way there would be plenty of fish. I would be interested in hearing the thoughts of other keen fisherman.

ARE you seeking a new interest for ately as there are no complicated skills 2012? How about a sport that is played to acquire. The rules of the games are equally by men and women, a sport that very easy to follow. Coaching in all provides non stressful exercise yet codes is available. plenty of mental stimulation. At the On Sunday 5th February come and see Caloundra Mallet Sports Club we offer for yourself at the Club’s Open Day. four different codes of croquet from the The fun begins at 2 pm. traditional game which has been likened All equipment is provided. Don’t forYou can say NO! I have been contacted by a resident who is concerned to snooker on grass to the fast and ex- get comfortable shoes and a hat. For more information phone Frances on about the behaviour of door to door sales people citing team game of Gateball. from an electrical supply company. She said, the sales- Beginners can start playing immedi- 5492 2594. man wanted to see her electricity account and when she said no, he became quite pushy. If you are confronted by similar behaviour, you are within your rights to ask for the salesman’s name and to report them. Or simply say no, and shut the door. You can A NEW vogue in Art site within two weeks, that we have been also do as this lady did, and contact my office and I Competition and after which they will experiencing, the vibrant will lodge a complaint on your behalf. Exhibition is being hang in the Harbourside colours and shapes, as launched at the Gallery. well as the relaxed Scams Harbourside Gallery, Between 15th and 28th atmosphere of the Our Parliamentary Services IT people recently ad- with registration February members of the Marina lends itself well vised my office of the latest email scam to come across opening on 1st Februpublic will be invited to to this activity, in what their desks. This scam email is made to look like an ary. judge the works with a is usually a quiet month official email from Telstra BigPond. The email scam Members of the public, prize of art supplies and in Noosa. This is an advises of a problem with the account and asks read- artists and students are framing valued at $500, opportunity for people ers to click on a hyperlink that will direct your PC to a invited to create a piece sponsored by Noosa to have their work bogus website where you PC may be infected. If you of work, from any deck Marina, Noosa Arts hanging in a Gallery for want to know more, just give my office a call. at the Noosa Marina, Supply and Noosa a period of two weeks. Tewantin. The works Picture Framing. It will help emerging Until next time, Peter must be completed on The fabulous weather artists and give greater exposure and affirmation to those wishing to have their works in a Gallery. Artists need to register at Harbourside Gallery, Noosa Marina on 1st February between 9.00am and noon. Delivery of completed works must be made to Harbourside Gallery by 14th February: On 2nd March at 6.00pm, the presentation of the Award ($500 of art products and framing) will take place. All completed works framed or otherwise must be within W: 600mm x Ht: 700mm. Work may be in any medium. For further information, visit Harbourside Gallery, Noosa Marina, Tewantin, or contact Australian Owned Trisha Bradford by phone on 54475007 Australia Wide Mob: 0411 244 304, Local Sunshine Coast Service Email:

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Buderim VIEW members at the first social gathering of the year: Roslyn Stewart - Julie Peake - Hilary Evans - Jay Simpson - Adele Leigh - Jenny Jackson

THE Tewantin Neighbourhood Group of the Australian Sewing Guild meeting is to be held on Saturday 25th February 2012 at the Masonic Hall, cnr Moorindil & Toolar Sts Tewantin Qld 4565 commencing at 9 am until 3 pm (may extend to 4 pm this meeting only). A Workshop will be conducted by Rosemary McCall a talented tutor from Brisbane who will teach participants “How to Take a pattern off ready made clothing” For requirements for this Workshop please phone (listed below) Visitor and new members always welcome, (cost for

visitors $8 or $20 if attending a workshop for this workshop an extra $10 for a small tool kit to be supplied). The Birthday members for each month supply the morning tea. The group meet in a friendly environment and explore both basic dressmaking and decorative sewing techniques. Members will assist beginners who would

Sunshine Coast Arthritis Support Group THE Sunshine Coast Arthritis Support Group will meet at 12.45pm on Thursday 2nd February at the Maroochydore RSL Sub-Branch, RSL House, 106 Memorial Ave, Maroochydore. Contact Mary on 5441 2259, 0403 339 057 or Jeanette on 5443 7446. Guest Speaker will be Jessica Ward from Blue Care. Topic -: Caring for Yourself in Your Home, Where Do I Get Help.

Sunshine 60 & Better Group

SUNSHINE 60 & Better Group Inc. is a healthy ageing program designed to meet the expressed needs of older people in local settings. 60 & Better is a state wide program that was developed in recognition of the need to proactively address health issues related to Queensland’s rapidly ageing population. Our program is dedicated to actively pursuing the philosophy of empowering older people to obtain a quality lifestyle, good health and feelings of general well being. We provide a variety of activities to keep the mind and body active. Activities include: Belly Dancing, Mah Jong, Gentle Exercise, Craft, Tai Chi, Cards, Computer Classes (Basic & Photo Editing), Laughter Yoga, Art Classes, Guest Speakers, monthly Barbeques and more. Groups meet at Caloundra, Coolum, Imbil, Maroochydore, Nambour & Noosaville. For a copy of our What’s On sheets or other information please contact the office on (07) 5443 7281. Special Event: “Multi-cultural Experience” Italy on Tuesday 13th February from 1pm to 3pm. Cost is $3 and includes afternoon tea.

Monthly Christian Seniors Celebration COME along with others from the Sunshine Coast and enjoy the Hymns and Choruses we used to sing. Certainly it is informal, but inspirational with music pleasant to the ear on New Life Centre, 2 McKenzie Road, Nambour. Sunday 5th February, 2012 at 4.30pm. Enquiries to Pastor Noel on 5476 6931.

to attend and participate in discussions and lectures given. A new management committee will be elected at this meeting and aspiring Candidates are most welcome. For further details please contact Vernon Flood on 5476 0615 or Don McClusky on 5442 2464 or Klaus Hempfing on 5493 6520.

COOROY CWA will be holding a Cent Sale on Saturday 25th February 2012 at the CWA Hall, Maple Street Cooroy. Doors open at 12 noon to start at 1.30pn. Great prizes to be won. Free admission and a delicious afternoon tea will be served. All welcome. For enquiries please phone Wendy on 5447 6140.

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Noosaville VIEW Club THE Smith Family’s Noosaville VIEW Club February luncheon will be Thursday 23 February, 11am for 11.30am start, at the Tewantin/Noosa RSL. The speaker for February will be Ted Irvine, USM Events coordinator. VIEW clubs are a valued part of the Smith Family which is a national, independent children’s charity committed to helping disadvantaged Australian children by unlocking opportunities through education and learning support. Our club is a good place to meet and make new friends and new members are always welcome. If you would like to join us please ring the lunch coordinator Stella Chatburn at 5470 2784 by the Tuesday before the meeting date.

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Consider your retirement living options

RETIREMENT means different things to different people. For some, it’s a chance to put their feet up and enjoy life at a leisurely pace. For others, it’s an opportunity to try new things, meet new people and fill their schedules with social activities now they have more free time on their hands. For most people, living in a like-minded community like a retirement village provides the ideal environment to live independently and forge meaningful friendships with others at the same time. However, various living options are available to

you that are designed to meet your needs. Many providers have supported living services available so that older people can remain in their own home for longer. For others, not able to live independently, an aged care unit with modern and up to date facilities is a good option. Aged care facilities can provide low or high care living and today’s nursing homes are much more caring and focused on individual needs than in the past. If you or a relative need to think about a change in living options you will find a range of providers to suit your needs in these ‘retirement living options’ pages.

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Everything grows at McKenzie Aged Care Group MANY McKenzie aged care residents have enjoyed getting their hands dirty in the garden while in their prime but in old age it can get harder and harder to bend down to plant a radish, pluck a carrot or forage for a potato. For this reason each McKenzie Aged Care facility has now been fitted with specially designed raised garden beds, perfectly suited for gardening whilst standing up or sitting in a wheel chair. Julie Fairbank, Lifestyle Co-Ordinator at the Buderim Views aged care facility says that gardening plays a vital role in resident wellbeing by providing an occasion to be outside and socialising with a purpose. “Many of our residents have developed a real passion for gardening and have started a club that meets regularly to discuss ideas and listen to guest speakers” “The residents are responsible for the fountain courtyard and take pride in making it beautiful for everyone to en-

joy”. The Buderim Views chefs use some of the vegetables and herbs produced by the residents while the blooming flowers are enjoyed by residents and staff alike. Twenty one of the garden beds were supplied by semi-retired businessman Alan Honeysett, who got the idea for the raised garden beds after he broke his back several years ago. “I was finding it incredibly difficult to bend down but I wanted to carry on gardening and this is what I came up with. “I design and build all of the garden beds and always keep practicality in mind – the beds include a draining system so that they can be used inside and outside as well as legs that can be adjusted.” For further information about the McKenzie Aged Care Group facilities visit or phone 1300 899 222 and for more information about the raised garden beds visit .

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Colourful quilters donate to charity “Their colorful creations are truly amazing and what makes it all worthwhile is knowing that a beautiful bear or a knitted toy will put a smile on the little ones faces at Christmas.” Hibiscus Chancellor Park Retirement Resort have a Quilters fair at the end of

THE Hibiscus Chancellor Park Retirement Resort Quilters were busy little elves before Christmas making numerous quilts, rugs, knitted toys and clothing for a Christmas donation to the Salvation Army. Hibiscus Chancellor Park Village Manager Penny Paton said the ladies have been making quilts & crochet rugs all year round so that they can donate them to different charities throughout the year.

“We have had two handovers of quilts last year – our first one in June where we handed over 56 quilts to Laurel House and Salvation Army. The second handover was on the 12th December where we handed over 72 quilts and crochet rugs, 2 very large snakes, 1 knitted doll and numerous teddies and two hand bags which were divided between Laurel House and Salvation Army – making a total of 128 items.

each year where all the profits made go back into purchasing materials for more quilts for charity. There’s no rest for the Hibiscus quilters – they are already hard at work creating new works or art to distribute to the needy in 2012. Meanwhile Lend Lease

Retirement Villages are having their Sunshine Coast Open Day weekend from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February. Buderim Gardens, Hibiscus Buderim Meadows, Hibiscus Chancellor Park and Hibiscus Bellflower encourage you all to visit.

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“The Salvation Army is known for its tireless help for those in need and we very much enjoy donating to such a wonderful cause. The work hours these ladies put into each quilt is remarkable. They all have such an amazing talent and they just love to be able give to those less fortunate.” “The ladies love to get together for a chat and sew session swapping ideas and creating new ones.

The baby boomer generation is changing the landscape

THE Retirement Village Association (RVA) estimates there are approximately 1,850 retirement villages in Australia, accommodating around 180,000 people. Given Australia’s ageing population, the RVA expects the sector to increase almost threefold over the next four decades. The number of Australians aged 85 years and over is projected to increase from 0.4 million in 2010 (0.2 percent of the population) to 1.8 million (5.1 percent of the population) by 2050, when more than 3.5 million Australians are expected to use aged care services each year. The baby boomer generation continues to influence Australian culture, resulting in an ageing population and placing strain on current aged care facilities. Governments acknowledge that reform is needed to meet the challenges of an

ageing population and legislation is being refined to protect retirees’ interests in retirement village contracts. According to RVA/Grant Thornton research, retirees today have greater expectations of their life in retirement. They want more space and privacy: for example, a single bedroom won’t cut it – they expect two or even three bedrooms, provisions for extended family visits, storage, entertainment and solitude, while also catering for a community feel and offering quality resident amenities. The retirement village industry is predicted to be the fastest growing area of the property sector, with a projected investment in construction of billions of dollars over the next decade or two. There is a growing desire for a lifestyle choice that delivers security, social interaction and freedom from the traditional family home.

Go on, take a look. There’s no time like the present to enjoy an enviable retirement lifestyle on the Sunshine Coast. Our villages offer stylish homes, outstanding facilities and welcoming communities. Why not take a look for yourself? Visit during our Sunshine Coast Open Day weekend! 10am - 1pm, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February. Buderim Gardens 405 Mooloolaba Road, Buderim Hibiscus Buderim Meadows 183 Karawatha Drive, Buderim Hibiscus Chancellor Park 52 University Way, Chancellor Park Hibiscus Bellflower 118 Bellflower Road, Sippy Downs For more information or to RSVP please call 07 5476 9566.

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Flower power draws master gardeners to Buderim BEAUTIFUL blooms will draw hundreds of visitors to Maroochydore Orchid Society’s annual orchid exhibition on 10 March at Immanuel Gardens Retirement Village. Among the show’s attendees will be James Duthie, 86, one of Immanuel Gardens’ 242 residents who is rapt it will be held on his home Left: Kathy Howatson, James Duthie and Del Whittaker

turf. “I am excited, the people in the village are excited and I will definitely be attending,” he said. James said the one-day exhibition will feature raffles, potting demonstrations and light refreshments. Visitors will be able to buy a wide range of plants at the show and there will be several prizes awarded including a grand champion orchid. “I will be putting an entry in but I am a biased about the prospect of winning

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In fact James is so passionate about his orchids he has set up a shade house so fellow residents can share his enjoyment. There are around 25 different orchids, mostly Cettleyas and Cymbidiums, but I’ve got a lot of ground orchids too,” he said. “The shade house gives residents such joy and many of my orchids are scented with a lovely perfume.” James said the euphoria of growing orchids comes from following the progress of bud to bloom. “I love the process,” he said. “When you see the flower you worked on for seven months blooming it’s exciting and you appreciate it even more. “You can get up to 24 flowers on the one orchid.” James’ son John Duthie will be there alongside him to share the fun. “This event will bring young and old generations together like my dad and I,” he said. Opening hours are from 9am to 5pm at Immanuel Gardens on Magnetic Drive Buderim.

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because Immanuel Gardens’ orchids are the best,” he said. Maroochydore Orchid Society President Kathy Howatson said the show will give the general public the opportunity to discover the joys of growing orchids. “It is important to have a hobby and orchid growing is a good creative outlet,” she said. “It also provides social interaction that everyone finds beneficial because it provides the setting for all members to come together and catch up. “James is one of many men that enjoy growing orchids.” Immanuel Gardens General Manager Steve Stacey felt proud to host the exhibition with more than 600 attendees recorded at last year’s show. “This is the first time it has been held at Immanuel Gardens and we feel honoured to be involved in holding an event of this scale,” he said. “Our residents are delighted to show their village to the wider community.”

DUPLEX owners have received a new year’s gift of new rules that will simplify the day-to-day management of their properties. The regulation, which will commence on 28 February 2012, allows decisions regarding the management of a duplex to be made by agreement between the owners of the two lots in the duplex, instead of having to go through a formal body corporate meeting and voting process. Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said the changes could benefit more than 13,000 Queenslanders who own lots in residential two-lot schemes, commonly known as duplexes. “In the past there was no differentiation between duplex schemes and larger multi-unit complexes. “Owners of duplex properties needed to prepare annual budgets, maintain administration and sinking funds, and make decisions using the same formal body corporate meeting and voting process as is required of their larger cousins,” Mr Bauer said. “This seems crazy when you’re talking about two neighbours managing and making a decision about their adjoining properties. “The introduction of this regulation means duplex owners will be provided with a simpler way to manage their properties. “They will be able to make decisions by written agreement and easily enforce by-laws rather than having to use the standard body corporate practices better suited to larger schemes. “For the first time they’ll have the freedom to manage their properties in the way that best suits them.” Mr Bauer said duplex owners would still have access to the Office of the Commissioner of Body Corporate and Community Management’s dispute resolution service. For more information on the new regulation visit or call 1800 060 119.

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ness in every aspect of the resort with wider roads, bigger blocks and larger superior quality homes. There are no Duplexes or block premiums. Only large free standing steel framed homes (up to 200m2) on bigger (306350m2) fully fenced pet friendly blocks. Standard features include 6 Star Energy Rating, 9 foot ceilings, Wall and Roof insulation, tinted windows, security screens & doors, 2 inverter air-conditioners, rainwater tank, 2 toilets, mixer taps, garage remote & custom built kitchen with St George appliances including dishwasher. Every Claremont home design can be customised to suit you with ensuite and double garage available. Plus you have the added option to design your own home. The existing facilities include the recreation hall with huge auditorium with dance floor and library, The newly extended bowling club with new bowling surface. Plus the large outdoor solar heated swimming pool with spa. We are very excited about the our new fitness centre incorporating gas heated indoor

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pool, spa , sauna, larger gym and snooker room. With Claremont’s latest land release comprised of 23 blocks, homes are now under construction and just $1,000 will secure yours. The $10,000.00 Queensland Building Boost Scheme applies to all new homes at Claremont Our invitation is, come feel the atmosphere, this could be your new beginning. Claremont Resort, 431 Park Ridge Road, Park Ridge, Qld. Phone 07 3489 3388.

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Enjoy the lifestyle at Kookaburra Village, Caloundra

IF you are considering a move to the Caloundra area, then a visit to inspect the homes and villas for sale is recommended. Kookaburra Village opened in 1993 as a gated home park for the over 50’s. The homes in the Village are sited on a fenced and landscaped block; have an attached carport and most have an attached utility room. In the extension “The Annexe” 38 modern villa homes with easy care gardens are a feature. As Kookaburra Village owns the land the Homes and Villas are sited on. There are no council rates or body corporate fees payable, instead a site rent is payable – Aged and over 50’s disability pensioners can apply to Centrelink/DVA for Rent Assistance Home-owners Insure, paint and maintain their home and care for their gardens. No Stamp Duty is payable on the purchase PRE-LOVED HOMES FOR SALE At present there are several 2 -3 bedroom plus utility room homes for sale priced from $185,000 – (a 2 bedroom cottage facing north) to $275,000 – (a 2 bedroom + study home with 2 car/caravan port. THE ANNEXE - Thirty eight (38) villa homes and townhouses have been built on site. No new Villas are available for sale. The homes are fully insulated; have tinted glass; raked ceilings; down lighting and 9ft ceilings and the yard is fenced. Villa for re-sale – a lowset 2 bedroom/1 bathroom (2 way bathroom) home has tiled living areas leading out to the tiled back verandah facing east; the kitchen has a dishwasher and the home is air-con. There is a gated front courtyard and under cover access to the garage and laundry. $235,000 Resort style facilities of Kookaburra Village There is an outdoor Bowls Green; barbeque area; 2 halls, and two pools a Library and there is a second Community Centre at The Annexe has shady verandahs and includes a resident’s sitting room; kitchen with stainless steel appliances and houses the popular craft group. A wood-work workshop is free to use several days a week; pool/darts room; Bocce court; toilet facilities; disabled access and Visitor parking. A custodian lives on site; your small dog or cat is welcome and there is a bus service on Mark Rd. The Village Social club arranges interesting activities which include Bowls; Happy Hours; Craft, Pool/Darts, arranges functions and produces a monthly newsletter. A podiatrist visits and a hair dresser is available on set days. Sales enquiries - Judy Goode is available at the Sales office at 123 Mark Road, corner of Daniel Street Caloundra, just off Caloundra Road – on Wednesday and Saturday between 10.00am - 2.30pm (office is closed on Sunday’s) for an appointment at other times Phone 07-54915888 or visit us on the Web or email


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Time to enjoy life at Oasis Retirement Resort Buderim

PERHAPS retirement is not quite the word we should choose to describe Oasis Resort Buderim. Just ask any one of our happy residents! One resident comments “everything, I love it, love it, love it, and never want to leave.” And another “every one is so friendly and we have such a good time.” Also, “we have such lovely Managers; nothing is ever too much trouble for them.” And “we should have done this a long time ago .What a friendly place and such great managers.” And the one to top them all is from one of our most recent arrivals, “I’ve finally got a life!” That sums it up! People do not come here to “retire” but to live, and live life to the full. The resort offers a friendly, village-style atmosphere with all the comforts of a holiday resort. The beautiful, large, heated swimming pool with lap area and spa provides a wonderful spot for entertaining family and friends. It is a backdrop for the community hall that features a large, well-appointed kitchen and seating for over 300. It comes complete with a stage, dance floor and a baby grand piano! You can relax on your private patio or join other residents in one of the many activities available – the choice is yours. Activities include; water aerobics, cards, scrabble, jigsaw, indoor bowls, shopping, just to name a few. Special interest social groups include; craft, cooking, gardening, travel, quilting, snooker and billiards, weekend getaways on the resort bus, happy hours, singing, dancing and lots more! At Oasis Resort Buderim, work has now commenced on a further 8 homes which will be completed within the next 6months.This is keeping up with demand and working toward the plan of 190 spacious, thoughtfully-designed homes. Come and see for yourself and enjoy a cup of coffee beside our lagoon pool. Our friendly sales staff can show you the range of top quality homes. Six designs are available, each being of solid brick construction with their own distinctive features. Two of our designs have two bedrooms and a study (or third bedroom), two bathrooms, separate living and dining areas complete with a double lock-up garage. There is something for everyone! Oasis Retirement Resort at 22 Power Road, Buderim is conveniently located close to the Sunshine Motorway, three major shopping centres, including Buderim Village and easy access to all the attractions that the beautiful Sunshine Coast has to offer. For more information and assistance, please phone 07-54561300 to have a chat with Beryl or Tina. Oasis Retirement Resorts ... A pet-friendly, independent living concept!

Amendments to Retirement Villages Act ON 29 November 2011 the Queensland Government enacted the Civil Proceedings Act 2011 (Qld). Included in the Act are important amendments to the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (Qld) in relation to the calculation of exit fees for Queensland retirement villages. A new section 53A (‘How to work out particular exit fee for a residence contract’) has been inserted into the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (Qld). This section applies to all residence contracts that require the resident to pay to the scheme operator an exit fee that is calculated having regard to the length of time the resident resides in their unit. For all residence contracts entered into after the commencement of the amendments, the new section 53A requires exit fees payable under those contracts to be worked out on a pro rata daily basis. This provision brings Queensland into line with New South Wales, where this has been the position since 2000. For all residence contracts entered into before the commencement of the amendments, the new section 53A requires exit fees payable under those contracts to be worked out on a pro rata daily basis unless the contract provides ‘a way of working out the exit fee that is not on a daily basis’. The Government has not yet stated when the Civil Proceedings Act will begin.

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effects of natural disasters such as bushfires and flooding. Michael O’Neill, chief executive of the over50s lobby National Seniors Australia, says 70-somethings are most at risk. “There is a misconception that you can only get heat stroke from being outdoors without sun protection then suffering afterwards,’’ O’Neill said. “In fact we’ve heard of cases where elderly people have been cooped up at home, with all their doors and windows locked 24/7, and have subsequently died from heat stroke. “It’s very sad to see people die in such awful circumstances.” The Queensland Ambulance service reports that during

periods of prolonged hot and humid weather, paramedics see an increase in calls to the ambulance service due to heat-related illnesses. According to Emergency Management Queensland, in a severe heat wave people may get dehydrated causing the body to overheat, leading to a heat related illness. EMQ says heat related illness can result in irreversible damage to the body, including the brain, or even death. There are many ways to protect yourself against sun stroke. It’s important to keep hydrated by drinking water regularly, at least two to three litres a day, even if you don’t feel thirsty, but avoid alcohol, coffee and soft drinks as they can make

you more dehydrated. Keep cool by increasing air circulation in the home, wearing light clothing and if going outside, spend time in the shade, not in direct sunlight. National Seniors Australia is warning people to keep an eye out for older neighbours and relatives this summer. “We’re asking people, on hot days, to check on their elderly neighbours and relatives to see if they are coping with the heat or if they need help,’’ he said. “Make sure they are opening their windows and doors during the day time and encourage them to visit somewhere with air-conditioning. It’s good to get them out of the house and into a cool environment,” he said.


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Noosa Care Inc expansion program EXPANSION of NoosaCare Inc (Carramar site) is in the planning stages and will provide an extra dementia specific unit which has been designed using the latest research from around the world.

32 additional beds will accommodate people with dementia in an environment that is supportive and accepting. NoosaCare Inc Management is very much aware that as the population ages and more people are affected by dementia, there will be an increase in demand for care and accommodation in this area of aged care. To enable safe entry into the aged care facility, new roadworks are currently being constructed which commenced in early December. It is estimated that completion will take approximately eight weeks. NoosaCare Management apologize for any inconvenience to motorists whilst the roadworks are being completed.


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MELBA Price was 95 years young recently and celebrated with a party and family reunion at Nambour CWA Hall on Saturday, January 14. MP Peter Wellington had the pleasure of joining with many of Melba’s family and friends to wish a grand lady a very Happy Birthday.

Care and support service name change

QUEENSLAND aged care and social services provider Spiritus has announced that it will change its name to Anglicare Southern Queensland, effective March 2012. The reasoning behind the name change is that Anglicare Southern Queensland more clearly describes the caring nature of the organisation and best reflects its role in the Anglican Church and broader community. Spiritus’ Executive Director Della Warren said,

“This is a start of a new chapter in the organisation’s proud 130year history. “Although our name will change, our commitment to empower the aged, disadvantaged and marginalised to live their lives in fullness remains the same. “As Anglicare Southern Queensland we will continue the service tradition of delivering quality aged care, enabling people to lead healthy and independent lives in their own homes and in specialist


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MELANOMA Patients Australia, (MPA) is an Australia wide support group for people with Melanoma. The Sunshine Coast & Hinterland branch of MPA meets on the third Friday of each month at the Cancer Council rooms in Maroochydore. If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with Melanoma, these friendly support meetings could helpful. Why not come along to see we can be of help to you. The winner of the beautiful hand crocheted blanket raffled at Bunnings Sausage Sizzle was John Farroway. The next meeting is on Friday 17th February from 10am to 12 noon, Cancer Council Rooms, Bayden Powell Street, Maroochydore. To find out more about MPA visit our web site at or e-mail To speak to a member, phone Christine at 5499 6367 or Daphne at 5478 8744.

Look Good Feel Better Workshop A COSMETIC Industry Community Service Program – Free of Charge - for any woman diagnosed with cancer. A workshop which deals with appearance related issues such as hair loss and skin concerns. Participants take home a kit of skincare products and make-up. Next Meeting is on Tuesday, 7th February at 10.00am – 12 noon at the Cancer Council Queensland, Credit Union Australia Plaza, Cnr. Maroochydore Rd and Baden Powell Street, Maroochydore. Registrations are essential. Please call 5451 6000 or online at

Sunshine Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group COME along and meet other men diagnosed with prostate cancer, share experiences, learn that you are not alone on Tuesday 31st January 9.30am to 12noon Guest Speaker is Tracey Sparks from Continence Foundation of Australia. ‘Healthy Bladder & Bowel’ session covering topics such as eating well, drinking well, good toilet habits and appropriate exercise. RSL Sub Branch Meeting Room, R.S.L House Memorial Ave, Maroochydore. Cost is $2 gentlemen only. Wives and partners welcome – no charge. For further information phone Rob, 5446 1318.

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Law, Finance & YOU A.I.R. Noosa Member Celebrates 100th Birthday THE Association of Independent Retirees (A.I.R.) Noosa Branch would like to congratulate member George Burtenshaw who celebrates his 100th birthday on 23 December 2011. George still takes an active part in our monthly Investment Discussion Group meetings and his opinions are highly respected. President Ken McKay presented George with an A.I.R. group photograph, a newspaper from the day of his birth and a certificate granting free membership which is offered to anyone over 100 years.

Volunteering Sunshine Coast needs your help SUPPORT Trainer working with people with disabilities - Caloundra & Palmwoods. Art & Craft Trainer working with people with disabilities Caloundra & Palmwoods. Retail Assistance – Maroochydore. Handyman/ maintenance position – Maroochydore. Web designer - Sunshine Coast. BBQ fundraisers - Caloundra & Palmwoods. Environmental Work - Sunshine Coast. Library aid and Transport Driver – Noosaville. Volunteering Sunshine Coast is a not for profit organisation

seeking to facilitate a range of services for those in need of assistance. Our volunteers are a happy group of selfless individuals who love what they do and gain in many ways, not only through helping those in need but through new skills learned and new friends made in the community. Call one of our friendly team on 5443 8256 or email and arrange an interview time at our Caloundra, Noosa or Maroochydore office.

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New personal property securities register

ON 30 January 2012, a national scheme governing all types of security interests over personal property will commence. The aim of the new national Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) is to consolidate security registers currently operated by the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments into a single register. This reform will eliminate duplicated effort and cost in searching multiple registers. Broadly, a personal property security interest occurs when a person or company takes an interest in personal property as security for a loan. For example, a bank or money lender will hold a security interest over your car while you are paying off your car loan. The car itself is security for the loan, so if you default on your loan, the lender may repossess your car to recover their costs. The registers currently operated by Queensland which will be replaced by the new national register include the Register of Encumbered Vehicles (REVS), which lists security interests held over vehicles and boats. So, when you are buying a used vehicle, instead of doing a search on REVS, you will now search the PPSR. A single search (cost:$3.70) will provide national information, so you will be able to find out whether there is any debt or other interest on the vehicle or boat anywhere in Australia.

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ACFT scams survey 2012 THE Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce (ACFT) would like to know about any scams that you have received and how you have responded to them. Gathering this information will help to improve the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of scam offenders. Take a minute to fill in the 2012 ACFT scams survey at AustralasianConsumerFraudTaskforceOnlineSurvey2012. You can also visit the Australian Institute of Criminology website The survey will run until 31 March 2012 and should only take a few minutes to complete. Your participation is entirely voluntary but please only complete the survey once.

A handy one stop online destination for seniors FOR a wide range of seniors’ information visit the Queensland government website at seniors. It’s user friendly and provides useful information on health, legal & finance issues, home support, how to stay safe in your home & on the internet, grandparenting, transport, retirement and upcoming events amongst other things. It is a kind of one stop shop and there are links to other seniors’ websites.

Retirees News ARE you retired or about to retire? The Association of Independent Retirees (A.I.R.) next general meeting will be on Thursday February 9th at 9:45 am for 10:00 am start South Pacific Resort, 179 Weyba Road, Noosaville. Topic: “Financial Aspects of the Proposed Noosa Council De-Amalgamation” Noel Playford. $5 pp incl morning tea. Visitors most welcome - please call 5448 1383 for further information. This is the first General meeting for 2012 A.I.R. is a not for profit organisation fighting for the interests of selffunded and partly selffunded retirees. http:// www.independentretirees.

WILLS AND POWERS OF ATTORNEY LAWYERS FOR 33 YEARS Please call us on 5491 2422 to obtain information about our no cost seminars on: • How to prevent disputes regarding your Will • Attorneys’ obligations and the consequences of non-compliance • Appointing a decision maker for someone who does not have capacity to make a Power of Attorney Cnr. Centaur Street & Omrah Ave, Caloundra Qld 4551 P: (07) 5491 2422 F: (07) 5491 2670


HOLIDAY & Leisure New Zealand, a lane of undeniable beauty

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NEW Zealand offers its visitors a truly unique experience as they witness a land of undeniable and breathtaking beauty. The country is a fusion of history, tradition and culture complemented with a modern infrastructure. Grand Pacific Tours, the Luxury Coach Holiday Specialist provides tours to New Zealand which suit absolutely every taste, including a number of special interest tours enabling you to combine

your favourite activities with a spectacular holiday in New Zealand. As a New Zealand Specialist, they have the choice of over 190 departures per season on their Luxury Coach and Rail Holidays, The Luxury Coach Holidays range involves traditional touring itineraries varying in length from 9 -19 days which provides travellers with both variety and choice. Each of these tours provide the comfort

of a modern luxury two door coach, visiting iconic attractions and experiencing the unique Maori culture. They also offer a unique style of holiday: Ultimate Small Group Touring, where travellers have the opportunity to indulge in the spectacular beauty that New Zealand is known for onboard the deluxe Ultimate Coach. Purpose built for Grand Pacific Tours, the Ultimate Coach is in a class of its own. Fitted with just 20 deluxe extra-wide leather seats, deluxe wood grain finishes; a galley; state of the art entertainment system and panoramic windows for excellent viewing plus much more. All tours are tailored for the discerning traveller who expects the highest level of luxury, service and attention to detail. As a New Zealand specialist, Grand Pacific Tours combine coach touring with special interest itineraries. This includes a dedicated Single Travellers Tour, especially designed for the senior

single traveller wanting to tour with like-minded individuals and make a network of new friends. Included in this itinerary is a special introductory dinner and drink giving travellers the opportunity to get to know their fellow travelling companions before setting off on their journey. Other special interest tours include a Lawn Bowls Tour, which combines a fantastic 18 day tour of New Zealand with four friendly games of bowls at established clubs in Christchurch, Queenstown, Rotorua and Auckland, whilst being accompanied by a Grand Pacific Tours Bowls Co-ordinator. Grand Pacific Tours also offer South Island Tours over the Festive Season, travelling through spectacular scenery. Enjoy Christmas and New Year festivities as you celebrate in true kiwi style including a superb Christmas feast and New Years Eve dinner. Furthermore Grand Pacific Tours have combined a

range of Steam Train experiences to offer Rail buffs a once in a lifetime opportunity. Witness some of the world’s most spectacular scenery as you travel on a number of different steam and diesel locomotives and enjoy

the romance and excitement of the bygone steam era. This exclusive Steam Train Tour that will include the 100th anniversary of the TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown’s iconic vintage steamship. Grand Pacific Tours have

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Always so much is included in our great prices on all our fabulous tours. Try our competitive charter prices for your group or club! A BEAUTIFUL BAY TOUR (NELSON BAY) 15-22 Feb. 2012 (8 Days) Cost: A: $1,630.00 & P: $1,600 p/p T/S AUTUMN IN THE GRAMPIANS 15-29 March 2012 (15 Days) Cost: A: $3,195.00 & P: $3,165.00 p/p T/S

AN EASTER HIGHLAND FLING! 6-9 April 2012 (4 Days) Cost: A: $920.00 & P: $880.00 p/p T/S

SPIRIT OF THE HORSE New Aussie Outback Spectacular Show 11-12 April 2012 (Over Nighter) Cost: A: $490.00 & P: $450.00 p/p T/S

AUTUMN IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS 15-24 April 2012 (10 Days) Cost: A: $2,340.00 & P: $2,310.00 p/p T/S NSW RIVERINA TOUR 30 April – 11 May 2012 (12 Days) Cost: A: $2,495.00 & P: $2,470.00 p/p T/S PORT MACQUARIE TOUR (Thrifty Special) 21-25 May 2012(5 Days) Cost: A: $495.00 p/p T/S CAIRNS/COOKTOWN/NORMANTON WINTER ESCAPE 6-20 June 2012(5 Days) Cost: A: $3,295.00 + P: $3,255.00p/p T/S A YEPPOON CHRISTMAS IN JULY 9-3 July 2012 (5 Days) Cost: A: $1,145.00 & P: $1,115.00 p/p T/S

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HOLIDAY & Leisure “Once in a Lifetime” – North America All Over! GRAND America & Canada - The Ultimate Escorted Tour Of A Lifetime! A “once in a lifetime” tour with the mature traveller in mind. 60 days on the North American conti-

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Adobe Villages – The Great Cities – The Highways and the Byways ! Join us as we depart Australia on our Air New Zealand flight for Los Angeles and the start of our epic tour of USA &

Canada. Spend 4 nights in the Disneyland area before setting off through Los Angeles and Universal Studios for Camarillo. Visit Hearst Castle on the way to Monterey. Travel 17 mile Drive to Oakhurst on the edge of Yosemite National Park. Enjoy two nights in San Francisco before travelling up the coast to Eureka and through the Giant Redwoods to Portland. The picturesque Olympia Peninsula will take us through Olympia, with a view of the Capitol, and on to Port Angeles. A ferry ride will take us into Canada and the spectacular city of Victoria. Visit Butchart Gardens and travel north on Vancouver Island through Chemainus “the little town that did” to Dukes Point and a ferry ride across the Straits of Georgia to Vancouver. Journey through the Fraser Canyon and Hell’s Gate to Kamloops and on through the Rockies to Jasper. Travel the spectacular Icefields Parkway to Banff and then through

Calgary to Polson on the shores of Flathead Lake. This morning we travel through Butte and Boseman to Billings and then onto Deadwood – home of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Visit Mt Rushmore and Bear Country USA – where the bears roam free and stop at The Little Big Horn Battlefield – site of Custer’s Last Stand. Travel across through the Black Hills of South Dakota and the plains through Mitchell, Madison, Toledo to Niagara Falls. Leave Niagara Falls and travel on to Ottawa and Montreal before turning south into New England and Boston, New York, W a s h i n g t o n , Williamsburg, Savannah to Orlando. Half way and enjoy a 4 night break in Orlando – visit Kennedy Space Centre and explore on your own or take an optional air boat ride through the reeds at Christmas. Leav-

ing Orlando the tour heads north to Montgomery and Nashville – the Home of Country Music and then on to Memphis and Graceland – Home of Elvis Presley - and visit Sun Studios Next stop is New Orleans and the fascinating world of Creole and Cajun – visit Oak Alley Plantation and explore Bourbon Street. Travel on through Baton Rouge and Houston to San Antonio and visit The Alamo. Journey through Texas and across the Pecos to Fort Stockton – turn north to Carlsbad and visit the spectacular caverns and then on to Albuquerque. Visit Old Town – then on through Sante Fe to Durango. Travel through Four Corners and on to Kayenta with a trip into Monument Valley and an awesome barbecue at Rain God Mesa. Next stop is Flagstaff our base for the Grand Canyon where you can explore the trails on

your own or take a helicopter ride over the Canyon. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of this wonder of the world. Cross the new highway across the Hoover Dam and arrive Las Vegas – the City that never sleeps – a quick ride down the famous “Strip” and on to our Hotel for 2 nights. Time in Las Vegas is at your leisure or you may like to visit the factory outlets for one last “shop till you drop”!! The last day our coach tour takes us through the Mojave Desert to Los Angeles International airport where we board our Air New Zealand flight for Home. Be part of this epic tour that will leave you with great friends, wonderful memories and “stories that will last a lifetime” The Tour departs on 05 September 2012 -. For more information or a colour brochure please contact World Discovery Tours on 1 800 645 055.

A Festive Easter Tour EASTER is a time for celebration: and we have put together a short getaway as a celebration of good food, good music and good company – all the things we come to expect of an Easter retreat. Visit the Hunter Valley, a feast for your senses and heralded as one of Australia’s finest wine and gourmet food producing regions, then travel to Canberra for the National Folk Festival. Our Nation’s Capital City is converted into a magical place filled with color and sound featuring hundreds of the world’s best musicians performing every day. This 8-day Easter tour will take us south to picturesque Pokolbin, were we will enjoy the peaceful charm and beauty of the Hunter Valley

before continuing south to Canberra to enjoy the National Folk Festival. Here we will enjoy song, dance, tunes, and verse from all around Australia and the world. Heading north again we travel into the scenic Blue Mountains exploring the world famous Jenolan Caves and the beautiful Village of Blackheath. Tour highlights include: Pokolbin, Hunter Valley Gardens, Bowral, Mount Ainsley, Cocking ton Green, National Folk Festival, Jenolan Caves and Hunter Belle Cheese. Enjoy luxury air-conditioned coach travel, an experienced coach captain and tour hostess plus a host of inclusions as you enjoy this magnificent Easter Celebration. Call today for a free brochure of to reserve your seat 1800 072 322.

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Cruise the mighty Yangtze River in luxury THE Yangtze, largest river in China, and the third largest in the world is said to be the cradle of Chinese civilization. Known locally as the Changjian, it flows 6,300 kilometres from the snowy heights of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to the East China Sea, just north of Shanghai, winding through some of China’s most spectacular scenery. Mandarin World (MW) Tours are the specialists in organising and operating small group tours throughout Asia. Their Mighty Yangtze River & Hong Kong 15 Day tour offers the most extensive and luxurious

Yangtze River Cruise experience without the hassles. All meals are included, as well as off shore excursions, deluxe staterooms with balcony, on board entertainment and much more. Combined with visits to Shanghai, Chongqing and Hong Kong this is definitely a tour with extra added value and more comfort. Starting with the excitement and vitality of Shanghai, you will have leisure time for shopping and your own interests as well as taking all the most famous landmark sights. Soon enough you will be enjoying the relaxed

pace of your Yangtze River Cruise and the delightful shore excursions to quaint villages and towns along the way. Historical Nanjing and the famous ghost city of Fengdu await you. You will also experience the power of the Three Gorges Dam. Chongqing is your last port of call; surrounded by mountains on all sides and by the Changjiang (Yangtze) and Jialing Rivers on three sides, it is called the “mountain city.”A tour of Chongqing completes your trip along the Yangtze before you are escorted on to your flight to Hong

Kong. Here there will be time for some great bargain shopping or simply wandering along the Victoria Harbour, taking a ferry or double decker bus between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, and enjoying Cantonese yum cha and cuisine. Fully inclusive with all taxes from $3098, these great value tours depart from mid-March through to November 2012. Full details of the Yangtze River and Hong Kong tour are available by calling Mandarin World Tours on 1300 842 688. You can also obtain information from

Escorted tours to South America with a difference: WE go with YOU!

THIS has been Latin America Group Tours motto since it started operating when Stella took a group of her Spanish students from the University of the Sunshine Coast to experience language and culture to Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. The result was such a success that these first passengers encouraged husband and wife team Horacio Passeggi and Stella Romagnoli to think business, joining forces in their pursuit to promote South America, the continent of their roots. From Tango dancing in Buenos Aires, to the magnificent Iguazú Falls, the legacy of the Jesuit Missions, to Rio de Janeiro splendour - all has been carefully planned. Latin America Group Tours is focusing on small groups where the passenger is escorted every day, in

every place until boarding the last flight home. From answering your questions, to assisting you with language, advising you on cultural tips, to help you with that gift for that special one. Each tour is planned to detail so you can enjoy the music, dancing, food, wines, breathtaking sight-seeing, the local culture, and 500 years of art and architecture in a very Aussie laid back style. The South American pace is respected so you can breathe at ease absorbing the relaxing atmosphere in a sensible and balanced way. The accommodation is chosen to reflect the character and history of the place avoiding expensive international hotel chains. It is an authentic, genuine and caring approach to visit South America. Contact Stella or Horacio on 5443 5104.

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AUSTRALIAN Bushmans Tours provide luxury 4WD travel for small group touring across the Australian Outback. These are the tours you have always wanted to take. Experienced driver guides and support crew who know and love the country with a passion for sharing it are your drivers / guides. Committed to providing excellent customer service throughout your overland adventure, they will ensure you are enlightened and entertained. Itineraries are crafted to deliver unforgettable experiences in Australia’s most stunning and remote locations. Every tour provides unforgettable moments you will treasure forever. With no hidden costs, you will

know how much to budget as the all-inclusive prices include luxury safari accommodation, support crew, meals and attractions. Commencing in 2012 there will be tours to include Cape York, Central Australia, The Gulf Savannah and the magnificent Kimberley. Every Australian Bushmans Tour provides unforgettable moments you will treasure forever, shared with small touring parties of likeminded individuals in the comfort of brand new, customised vehicles. For quality at an affordable price and more information visit our website or phone 1300 954 533.

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Let’s Get Make sure you’re connected

SUNSHINE Coast Council presents free sessions at Sunshine Coast Libraries to help people use technology to keep connected. The sessions are expected to help community members of all ages better understand technology and how it can be used to improve connections with family and friends. Learn how to set up a Facebook account, create a profile, upload photos to share and set up a safe user profile. Session topics may vary across the branches. Participants need to have an established email account and possess basic computer and internet skills. The 90 minute sessions are free and with places filling fast, bookings are essential. More information is available at the Sunshine Coast Libraries website. Beerwah Library, Thursday 16th Febru-

ary 9am-10.30am, Bookings phone 5439 2500; Caloundra Library, Tuesday 21st February 9am-10.30am, Bookings phone 5499 5444; Coolum Library, Tuesday 21st February 2pm-4pm, Bookings phone 5343 200; Cooroy Library, Monday 13th February 10am-11.30am, Bookings phone 5454 9000; Kawana Library, Friday 17 th February 10am-11.30am, Bookings phone 5458 6500; Maleny Library, Thursday 23 rd February 2pm3.30pm, Bookings phone 5435 3100. Maroochydore Library, Wednesday 29 th February 9am-11am, Bookings phone 5475 8900; Nambour Library, Thursday 23rd February 9am-10.30am, Bookings phone 5441 8332. Noosa Library, Wednesday 29th February 9.30am-11am, Bookings phone 5442 4411.

Caloundra Markets CALOUNDRA’S indoor/outdoor market is held at the Currimundi State School, Buderim Street, Caloundra. Open every Sunday. Plenty of Parking at the Currimundi Hotel.. We have a treasure chest of collectables, arts & crafts, jewellery, clothing, books & furniture. You will find a great selection of fruit & veg, Asian vegetables & olives and Maleny yoghurt and cheeses. Also organic skin-care and pesticide free vegetables. For the garden there is plants, herbs, palms & pots and handyman tools. Children’s books, clothes, facepainting & licorice. Have coffee and breakfast and a treasure hunt in the car boot sales. Funds raised go to Dicky Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. For more information phone Bob on 0401 482 949.

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YOUR Community Native Nursery - Florabunda Bushcare, is open and operating from a wonderful new site at the top of Laidlaw Road, Woombye. Turn off Blackall Range Road, first driveway on right (next to Netball Courts). We sell local native trees and shrubs, and are open to the public. Hours Mon-Thurs 8.00am-3.30pm-Sat 8.30-12noon. Can be contacted on Ph 5442 1339. Email florabunda www.florabundabushcare.

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SENIORS NEWS Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain GET your ukulele ready! After 25 years of gigs in venues all over the world, from the Village Hall to the Royal Albert

Hall, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain comes to The Events Centre, Caloundra for

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the very first time. Bringing only their ‘bonsai guitars’, and the belief that all musical genres are available for reinterpretation (as long they are played on the uke!), the Ukulele Orchestra does away with drums, piano, backing tracks, pitch shifters and electronic trickery. With a virtuosic collision of raw postpunk performance and toe-tapping oldies - from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks the Orchestra is routinely met with standingovations. Modern exercise in

minimal art? Or a rabblerousing music hall/ stadium rock experience? Either way, you’ll never think about music in the same way. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will be on Thursday 1st March at 7.30pm in the Theatre at The Events Centre. Prices: Adult: $89.00, Concession: $79.00, Students: $79.00, Groups (Ukulele & 10+): $79.00, B Reserve: $79.00 Dining Options: Dinner Served from 5.30pm Full: $28.00, Youth: $14.00, Groups 10+: $25.00. Book Now: Phone 07 5491 4240 or visit www.theevents This column invites readers to email any questions they have on old movies, including silent and/or TV shows.

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Can you give details of the film “While I Live” and was the theme music used in another film “The Dream of Olwen”? The interesting answer to this question is that the movies “While I Live” and “The Dream of Olwen” are one and the same. “While I live” was a British drama made in 1947 and tells the

story of Olwen Trevelyan (Audrey Fildes) a prodigious young pianist who is driven to despair by her domineering elder sister Julia (Sonia Dresdel) to complete a composition. Agitated and despondent, she falls to her death from a cliff whilst sleepwalking. Julia becomes a recluse and Olwen’s theme gains

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Greg’s Movie Memories

its female star? The actress was Jennifer Jones who was cast as a hot blooded half breed “Pearl Chavez” who comes between two brothers of a powerful frontier family. The brothers are Jesse (Joseph Cotton), a soft spoken peace maker between ranches and the railway, and Lewt (Gregory Peck) an egotistical cowboy who becomes an outlaw. After a shootout between the brothers, Pearl tracks Lewt into the desert and in one of the most melodramatic scenes in film; they shoot each other and then crawl across a rocky terrain in a last bloody embrace, dying in each other’s arms. Jones was born in 1919 and toured with her parents in vaudeville. Whilst working in stock Can you give me details companies in New York of the western film she met actor Robert “Duel in the Sun” and Walker who she married, posthumous recognition as “The Dream of Olwen”. On the 25th anniversary of her death, a young amnesiac girl, Sally (Carol Raye) enters the house and plays Olwen’s tune expertly. Julia believes she is her dead sister’s reincarnation and the film culminates when she too is found standing on the cliff from which Olwen fell. The composer of the theme was Charles Williams who worked on British films of the 30’s and 40’s. The movie’s theme was so popular that the film was later re-issued under the tune’s title. The actress who played Sally was the same Carol Raye who came to Australia and performed in the hugely popular variety satire “The Mavis Bramston Show” from 1964-8.

and headed to Hollywood in 1939. Producer David O. Selznick (maker of Gone with the Wind) signed and groomed her for stardom. She won an academy award for best actress in her first major role “The Song of Bernadette” in 1943. She was also nominated for “Since You Went Away” (1944) “Love Letters” (1945) “Duel” (1946) and “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” (1955). Jones, whose relationship with Selznick had become personal as well as professional, divorced Walker and married the producer in 1949. After Selznick died in 1965 she lost interest in films and retired gracefully, dying in 2009 aged 90.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Afternoon of Harmony & Humour concert

Irish band TIS

ON Sunday 19th February, people are in for a treat when an ‘Afternoon of Harmony & Humour’ will be held from 2pm in the St. Mary’s Church, 24 King Street, Buderim. An exciting program of fun and music is promised, with top local artists giving freely of their talents to raise funds for the Buderim Red Cross,

which is celebrating 50 years of involvement in Buderim. The performers are: Darrell Watson and his Irish band TIS. Darrell’s group will get the feet tapping and the blood pumping. They are a well known crowd pleaser. Harry Donnelly - a multiawarded poet who pens a

poem for the ABC Coast FM stations on Friday mornings. His poems are witty, topical, and thought provoking. Helen Duffy – acclaimed actress (“Oklahoma” and “Little Shop of Horrors”) and sensational singer Tess and Sebastion Martin-Wallace - a dynamic mother and son duo on piano and saxophone. ”Cadenza”- newly formed a cappella group Erica Bocchino - a young singer, whose pure voice is a delight. Concert organiser Bev Gourlay will also perform, along with popular baritone Aart Schouten, and compere/pianist, Neil Booth. Cost is $15 and payable at the door, includes afternoon tea. (No need to book - plenty of seats). All proceeds from this concert will be directed to Buderim Red Cross, and all artists donate their time and talents. Enquiries phone Paula on 5493 2339 or Bev on 5444 8675.

Social Singing Club has new goals for New Year

THE Social Singing Club at Palmwoods has restarted its activities for the new year and is once again open to anybody who wishes to enjoy great fellowship with music and singing. In fact the Club has new goals for the new year – they are: Bright Music, Bright Songs, Great Fellowship & New Friends. The Club meets every Wednesday morning at 9.00am in the Girl Guides Hut

on Palmwoods-Montville Road, in Palmwoods. You do not have to be a good singer. You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen if you wish. The main aim is that you have a good time. A cuppa and good fellowship also is included the mornings activities. For more information, phone Warner on phone 5457 3317.



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A swinging Valentine’s Day DON’T miss Sunday 12th February at the Currimundi Hotel Function Room. From 1.30-4.30pm.The Sunshine Coast Jazz Club is presenting Craig Martin with a swinging group of musicians including 2 female supporting vocalists in a special Valentine’s Day performance. Craig learned his craft as a young singer performing in theatre musicals in his late teens and early 20’s touring throughout England. As he developed his performing skills he toured in many overseas countries to enthusiastic audiences swinging the great jazz standards and show tune favourites. Craig now resides in Brisbane and is a regular performer in Brisbane and

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throughout Australia. This will be Craig’s 2nd visit to the Sunshine Coast. For the Sunshine Coast Jazz Club’s audience Craig has prepared a special book of songs for Valentine’s Day. The Craig Martin Valentine’s Day Show will be too good to miss. Costs: Jazz club members $20, Senior’s/ U3A members $22.50 & Non members $25. Refreshments can be purchased at the Currimundi Hotel. Early bookings are advisable. Phone Ted on 5491 6017 or Alan on 5478 3137 for Credit Cards. The Craig Martin Valentine’s Day Show is sponsored by The Sunshine Coast Jazz Club and 104.9 Sunshine FM.

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SUNSHINE Coast Council announces the first professional Live Theatre Season at Sunshine Coast Venues in 2012. Sunshine Coast Venues include the J in Noosa, Lake Kawana Community Centre and Nambour Civic Centre. A diverse and engaging program including local performers and some of the country’s finest actors and theatre companies will be presented at the venues. There is a wide range of entertainment to choose from in 2012 including comedy from the Melbourne Comedy Festival, The Kransky Sisters, Australian gothic drama, musical cabaret and romantic comedy by David Williamson. Entertainment for youngsters is also on offer, featuring dinosaurs and swashbuckling pirates. TUESDAY There is nothing like the excitement of live theatre, Caloundra District Indoor Bowling Assoc. where you can be moved Indoor Bowls Hall, Burke St, Golden Beach to tears, or experience Start - 10am laughter and sheer joy in Jackpots the space of a couple of $1000 on progressive calls hours. $500 on progressive calls Subscribers receive great $300 on progressive calls savings on ticket prices, get priority seating and SATURDAY have the chance to meet MEALS ON WHEELS CALOUNDRA INC. the stars at some of the performances. at the INDOOR BOWLS CLUB, For a full season program Burke St., Golden Beach and for season tickets on #START 7.30PM# sale now visit $2000 on PROGRESSIVE - $500 on PROGRESSIVE www.scvenueandevents. $200 on 90 CALLS To advertise your Bingo times and prizes call 5474 0447



‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Attention Opera lovers! ARE you interested in learning more about Opera? Do you know the arias but would like to learn more about the stories of the Operas? Sue Cuthbertson is now holding OPERA LOVERS classes in Coolum. Classes are open to those who are new to Opera and also to those who have more of an understanding of it. Sue has been passionate about Opera for most of her life and enjoys sharing her love of this exciting musi-

cal art. OPERA LOVERS classes teach you more about the music, the history, the composers, as well as listening to a wide range of music from many Operas. Come and share the beauty, splendour and excitement of Opera! For more information, ring Sue on 5446 3326 or 0401 768 019. Classes are held every Friday from 9:30am11:30am in Coolum. Cost: $13.00 per lesson (including libretto).

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Brisbane Powerhouse brings you the World on Stage THE best independent theatre from Italy, Belarus, India, United States, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia will hit the stage at World Theatre Festival 2012, along with forums, masterclasses and a new Festival Lounge with free live music and Wi-Fi, at the Brisbane Powerhouse from 16 – 26 February 2012. According to Artistic Director Andrew Ross World Theatre Festival 2012 is a chance for everyone to get involved in theatre and see the world from a different angle. “I think one of the things this year’s festival does well is provide everyone with something to suit their interests. From video goggle adventures for techies, classic drama for theatre-lovers and installations for art enthusiasts, there’s something for everyone.” Queensland Premier Anna Bligh welcomed the festival back to Brisbane for its second year. “Events like this further cement Queensland’s reputation as a dynamic arts and cultural hub, adding to a rich

calendar of events which also include the upcoming QPAC International Series and Matisse: Drawing Life exhibition,” Ms Bligh said. “The World Theatre Festival is expected to attract around 5,000 attendees – that’s good for the city, local business and local jobs. “That’s why the Queensland Government is investing in events like the World Theatre Festival through Events Queensland as part of our record $174 million investment in events over the next four years.” Brisbane Powerhouse is Brisbane City Council’s leading arts performance venue helping to deliver a vibrant and creative city. World Theatre Festival is supported by Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland and Events Queensland. All concession tickets are priced between $10 and $25. For full program details go to or call Brisbane Powerhouse Box Office on (07) 3358 8600.

Suncoaster Square Dance Club WOULD you like to make new friends, get more exercise and have fun? You can do all of this by learning modern square dancing with our friendly club. This February Suncoasters are offering to provide lessons to beginners as well as revision workshops for those who want to return to this activity. Classes will be kept small and be held progressively – there will be no large intake. Secure your place and add to your quality of life by calling Nev McLachlan on 5445 1238. Sessions are held in our hall at 260 Dixon Road, Buderim (near the motorway end), there’s plenty of parking, and a bus stop right outside.

AN EVENING WITH COLIN HAY Gathering Mercury Tour Saturday 11th February 7pm Dinner for an 8pm show As front man and principle songwriter for eighties hit machine Men at Work, Colin Hay is responsible for one of the most identifiable sounds in pop music.

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THE SUPER SUPREMES Sunshine Melodies Wednesday 15th February 11am, Morning Tea from 10am These three sultry sirens of soul will take you on a journey from Diana Ross to Destiny’s Child in this witty fast paced musical performance that satirizes the inner workings of the ‘girl group’.

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CLOTHES ladies, new, size 26, pleated black top white edging, cost $170. Plus new tops $50. Ph 0400 342 941. Tewantin. COFFEE table round, mahogany, smoked glass top VGC. $15. Ph 0427 677 726. Maroochydore. CURTAINING white lace, rod pocket width 18’ (6 metres) drop 7’ 1½, P.C, never used. $35. Ph 5492 2902. Golden Beach. ENTERTAINMENT unit, 11 storage places L&R adjustable towers to suit TV size LCD, tinted glass doors, w 1970 x H 1250 x D 585. Easy pull apart, 5 sections. New condition. Cost $1,250 sell $145 ono. Ph 5445 5612 . Buderim. FRIDGE old Westinghouse, freezer compartment 5’ high needs cleaning. Runs well $55. Ph 5494 3376 Maleny. GOLF set, men’s left handed, bag, buggy wood covers umbrella. $100. Goose neck above bed to assist getting out of bed. $40. Alovera plants, 8 plants for $30 or $5 each. Ph 5492 4231. Pelican Waters. HOKY Power Sweeper. Cost $89 sell $35. Ph 5477 6936. Buddina. JIGSAWS 500 & 1000 wide variety all complete $2 - $3. Ph 5476 9983, North Buderim. KITCHEN cutlery, silver (EPNS) 6 large forks, 6 desert spoons, $10 each set . Ph 5492 2902. Gold Beach.

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Would you like to become an adult literacy tutor? SUNSHINE Coast Council wants to hear from volunteers interested in becoming adult literacy tutors in 2012. 2012 is National Year of Reading and Sunshine Coast Libraries and the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation are supporting the adult literacy tutor training program. Nearly half of the Australian population can’t read newspapers, follow a recipe, make sense of timetables or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle. Volunteers can complete an accredited training course and help increase literacy standards on the Coast. Anyone can become a volunteer literacy tutor and complete the accredited training. The training provides volunteers with the tools and information required to help community members improve their literacy. The first training course starts at Kawana on 13 February 2012 and the second training course starts after Easter. To become a volunteer literacy tutor, collect an information pack from council and complete the application form. There are limited spaces on the course and applicants will be interviewed prior to commencing the training. For more information email council or call 5499 5414.

Family History Sunshine Coast The next general meeting will commence at 9.30am on Saturday 11 February 2012 at the Resource Centre in Petrie Park, Nambour, at the end of the car park opposite the swimming pool. Workshops planned for Saturday 25 February 2012 morning 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Photos and Family Trees – scanning basics, editing photos and adding them to your family trees. The afternoon workshop 1:00pm – 3pm will cover useful internet sites – some tips ad tricks for researching on the best of the websites for family history. Bookings are essential please. Cost is $5 each or $8 for both and all monies raised are used to purchase further teaching resources and handbooks for the library. To book, phone the Centre on 5441 4266 or email See more on our website site/genealogysunshinecoastinc/ For research queries phone Merle on 5444 4648.

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Across 8 Sign of nothing for humankind (4) 9 A fight confronted and turned around (5-5) 10 Decanter for the artist in the cafe (6) 11 Project you will see through to the end (5,3) 12 Gives heartless guests funny hints (8) 14 Reveal former spouse’s stance (6) 16 Coral reefs create a yellow scum on the top (4) 17 Thwarts with fencing swords (5) 18 Wag is just one of the pack (4) 19 Rises up at the turn to hassle Beryl (6) 21 Perhaps Conrad is wry (8) 23 Fearing that five hundred are reading (8) 26 Scorched and damaged the design (6) 27 Small compartment for a bird to nest in (6-4) 28 Came to the surface to broadcast the fish eggs (4)

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Down Down 1 Organised the actual mime to be faultless (10) 2 Expands the hold between large ships (8) 3 Cooking breaks for the bread makers (6) 4 Constrictors can use scarves (4) 5 Soccer players are refusing to go to work (8) 6 Reverse support (4-2) 7 Keep a prize buffalo with the humped ox (4) 13 Becomes sets of playing cards (5) 15 Aligned but utterly restricted (10) 17 Shapes of the styles (8) 18 Can coroners become balladeers? (8) 20 Uplifts when screening “Annabel at Essex” (6) 22 Took a breather with the remains of the journalist (6) 24 Complain bitterly about this means of transport © Barbara Gettinby.- Cryptic Crossword Secrets - Where Every Answer is Fully (4) Explained. Books available from ph: 5473 5743 25 Even young blood begins to clot (4)

1 Faultless (10) 2 Expands (8) 3 Bread makers (6) 4 Constrictors (4) 5 Soccer players (8) 6 Support (4-2) 7 Humped ox (4) 13 Becomes (5) 15 Restricted (10) 17 Styles (8) 18 Balladeers (8) 20 Uplifts (6) 22 Took a breather (6) 24 Complain bitterly (4) 25 Clot (4) Answers on Page 42

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ter at any given time on touch pads as small as a Christmas postage stamp. Her response was by eating only one slice of bread per day my fingers, along with every other part of my body, should decrease in size. But she did warn of certain probable serious consequences. When I asked what such adverse outcomes might be, she listed: The decrease in size of these electronic gadgets might well exceed the rate of size decrease of my fingers; This new diet would cause my eyesight to deteriorate to such an extent that not only would I be unable to see the keypad, I would probably not be able to see the actual device; In this weakened state, should I manage to see the device, I would be incapable of pressing the buttons; Finally, she said, “You could die within the year. Having pondered my doctor’s advice, I considered my options which, even to me, seemed to be few and far between. Certainly, they were not at all inviting. I thought about consulting an IT specialist. Maybe there was a way in which all these communiqués could be channelled through some type of filter. Should I decide to accept a message, I could enter a code. This would require the purchase of a keypad the size of an A4 sheet of paper. As a sign of good faith, the sender would then deposit an amount of $10 into my bank account. It was a great idea, but alas, those still in the work force claiming to be “leaders in their field” are still failing to think outside the square. But I refused to be defeated. I discarded all electronic devices except for my old main frame computer. I purchased an LCD Black 60 inch LED widescreen monitor at a cost of $525. I set about compiling a restricted list of contacts. I gave each of them a special password. No password, no contact. This task took longer than anticipated as my contacts, all in their seventies, did not fully understand why they were required to use a password to contact me. Alas, such is life in the modern era!

IN this advanced age of electronic media, we are bombarded with messages. Whether or not we wish to answer any of these bulletins is not the issue. Their senders believe they have a god-given right to demand an immediate response. Such is the speed of our lives in this current era. Instant communications are the “in-thing” of today’s modern living. These intrusions come via telephone, cable, the internet, iPod, mobile phone, SMS as well as a host of other confusing devices which seem to be decreasing in size at a rapid rate of knots. In fact, the key pads are so small my 78 year old fingers manage to press three keys at the same time. This has the unfortunate result of my message not being particularly readable or for that matter intelligible. This affliction appears to be confined to a certain age group. At the risk of being reported to the Age Discrimination Commissioner, I will suggest any person older then 65 years may well be smitten with this, as yet, unnamed illness. My reason for suggesting this is based solely on observation. Everywhere I go, I see people who appear to be younger than 35 wearing down their thumbs by pressing buttons at the speed Morse Code Operators of my era transmitted messages. This was in the 1930s. As a matter of interest, Morse Code was still being used in the late 1940s – not all that long ago. There was one essential difference between these two genres. Whereas those sending messages by Morse Code were happy folk, their smiles radiating out to one and all within a radius of seven metres, this younger group is sober-side, serious, introverted, grim, grave, generally giving out an aura of absolute desperation. Under no circumstances should anyone attempt to interrupt this self-inflicted depraved activity, as the piercing look emanating from their scowling faces is tantamount to being knocked down by a German Panther tank. I’ve seen my doctor about the problem of my fingers typing more than one let-

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